$18,000 raised to help those with disabilities

Walk for Independence 2014 (Toward Independence Photo/Jodi Hill)

XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) — Despite the windy, cool weather, about 300 people came out to Shawnee Park in Xenia Saturday morning for the 12th Annual Walk for Independence.

Toward Independence, Inc. (TI) hosted the event to raise money and awareness for people with developmental disabilities like Autism, Down syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy.

The Walk for Independence featured a breakfast before a Zumba warm-up. Other activities included juggling, caricatures, cash prizes, and giveaways.

About $18,000 was raised. The money will be used for clothing, furniture, shoes, medical and dental items, safety and mobility equipment, and accessible vehicles for transportation.

“It was a great event,” commented TI Executive Director Mark Schlater. “I am pleased with the donations received, which will directly impact the quality of life of the individuals in our care. The event also provided a valuable opportunity to interact with the community and educate the public on the needs and abilities of people with developmental disabilities. On behalf of TI, I would like to thank our donors, sponsors, and the event participants, whose steadfast commitment to our cause enabled this success!”

For more information about TI and its programs, click here.

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