Funds raised enables organization to build a community one step at a time

Costa Mesa, California, September 25, 2018 – By the time the last of the walkers left TeWinkle Park in Costa Mesa at the conclusion of the ninth edition of Project Independence’s Walk for Independence, September 8, more than $60,000 from 99 donors was raised to promote independent living for people with developmental disabilities throughout Orange County.

Nearly 300 people attended the annual event that featured a silent auction with many items donated by the local business community. Prizes were awarded to Project Independence clients who ran, walked or even rolled along the course in wheelchairs. All registrants received t-shirts and gift bags that included items from supporters like In-N-Out Burgers, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Honest-1-Auto, Mesa Water District and Bridgford Foods.

This year Project Independence teamed with Home Depot for an on-site workshop for kids and fitness trainers from the new Art of Strength Fitness physical training facility in Irvine warmed up the walkers. The 3rd Annual Extra Mile Award was given to Sprouts as Project Independence’s client employer of the year. Penjoyan Farms again provided free fruits and vegetables for everyone, while for the first time OC Chef Concierge catered the event.

“The annual walk is a critically important fundraising activity because it helps pay for the many services we provide to adults with developmental disabilities living in the Orange County community,” said Project Independence CEO and President Debra Marsteller. “We are grateful to our many donors who believe in our mission.”

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