The nonprofit Project Independence of Costa Mesa has transformed its 11th annual Walk for Independence into a virtual fundraising event and is inviting participants to walk from Sunday through Sept. 12 and enjoy a live online celebration on the final day.

Accessible at, the event will feature short inspirational videos, interactive workout sessions, special guests, easy ways to give online, a virtual auction and more.

Walkers can share their own progress made throughout the week with photos and/or videos that will be posted and played during the event.

Prizes will be awarded for most steps walked, most money raised, most days walked, best shout-out to Project Independence and best costume. Winners will be announced during the online event.

For the past 40 years, Project Independence has provided a lifeline to Orange County adults with developmental disabilities, who are now at even greatest risk because of the pandemic. The essential workers who comprise the Project Independence staff continue to serve clients despite challenges brought on by COVID-19.

Eighty-seven cents of every dollar raised by Project Independence goes directly to support vital programs for people with developmental disabilities. For more information, visit