March 17, 2014 at 6:55 AM
LIVINGSTON/VERONA, NJ - The Children’s Institute (TCI), a Livingston- and Verona-based school, which serves preschool children to adults on the autism spectrum, is hosting its Annual “Walk For a Lifetime” walk-a-thon on May 4, at 10:00 a.m., at Verona Park. Walkers of all ages as well as teams of participants are invited to walk around Verona Park to benefit children and adults on the autism spectrum.
The event will begin with registration from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., and then the walk will begin promptly at noon. Afterwards, families can enjoy fun and refreshments in a fair-like setting.
To register, please go here. There are different levels of corporate sponsorships available at the walk-a-thon. The early bird registration fee is $10 a person through March 31. The price is $15 from April through the day of the event. Children aged three and under are free. For additional information, call 973-509-3050, ext. 237. To learn more about the programs and services offered at TCI, please visit the website.
The Children’s Institute’s Walk For a Lifetime benefits the school, which serves preschool children to adults on the autism spectrum at its locations in Verona and Livingston. In addition, the event benefits TCI’s Center for Independence in Livingston, for adults on the spectrum.
“TCI is celebrating its 50th anniversary and 50 years of excellence in everything we do,“ said TCI Executive Director/Superintendent Bruce Ettinger. “Please join me in celebrating our 50th anniversary and investing in our future to benefit more children and adults on the autism spectrum at our annual Walk For a Lifetime. I look forward to seeing you there.”
“We have accomplished a lot in the past 50 years and we are excited to see what we can accomplish in the next 50,” said TCI Director of Development Diane Berry. “Autism is the fastest growing developmental disease in the United States. New Jersey has the second highest rate of autism in the nation: one in 49 children, with one in 29 boys, is diagnosed.
“We ask that you consider investing in the children and adults we serve,” Berry said. “Your contribution towards our efforts is vital so we can provide our children and adults with the programs and services they need to maximize their potential and help them become productive and contributing members of their community.”