40th anniversary-related event enables nonprofit to build a community one step at a time

Costa Mesa, California, June 19, 2017 – With donations of more than $16,000 already raised, fundraising for the eighth edition of nonprofit Project Independence’s Walk for Independence, which will commemorate the organization’s 40th anniversary, is under way. Fundraising teams are now forming with the goal of raising $50,000.

Visit https://www.proindependence.org/walk-for-independence/ for information. Eighty-seven cents of every dollar raised by Project Independence goes directly to support programs for people with developmental disabilities.

The Walk is set for September 9 at Tewinkle Park in Costa Mesa.

Last year, the event raised more than $30,000. Over 65 people volunteered, including from The Cornerstone Church, Cal State Fullerton, Kiwanis and Paul Mitchell School of Costa Mesa, and15 exhibitors were registered, including magician Randy Gastreich of the Magic Castle and Project Independence’s Extra Mile Award recipient, Home Depot, which staged a workshop.

A bounty of prizes from the local business community was awarded, including from Angels Baseball, Disneyland, Ralphs, Surfside, and more. Smith Farms and Penjoyan Produce provided delicious produce selections. Walk participants enjoyed food from Tacos Jalisco.

Other sponsors for the Walk are now being sought. Interested parties can contact Director of Development Todd Eckert at Todd@Proindependence.org or 714-549-3464.

“The annual walk is our signature fundraising activity and a wonderful way to acknowledge 40 years of service to the Orange County community,” said Project Independence CEO and President Debra Marsteller. “The funds will go to Project Independence to help people live and work as valued members of our community.”

“We heartily appreciate community support for our Walk for Independence from our many friends and business associates who understand the importance of the work Project Independence does for people with developmental disabilities,” said Board Chair Judy Cole.

For additional information, please visit www.proindependence.org