Sept. 7 event will enable organization to build a community one step at a time

Costa Mesa, California, June 3, 2019 – Union Bank and Mitsubishi Electric have stepped up to be among key sponsors of the 10th edition of Costa Mesa-based nonprofit Project Independence’s Walk for Independence that celebrates independent living for people with developmental disabilities throughout Orange County.

The 40-year-old nonprofit hopes to raise $100,000 at the upcoming event, which is set for September 7 at Tewinkle Park in Costa Mesa, beginning at 8 AM. More than 400 people are anticipated to attend the annual event that raised more than $60,000 last year. To date, more than $30,000 has been pledged by sponsors.

A bounty of items donated by the local business community will be available for opportunity drawings. Prizes will be awarded to Project Independence clients who will be running, walking or even rolling in wheelchairs.

“We thank these two generous organizations for helping to support our signature fundraising activity that 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. “Only when the community supports our efforts can we fully support our clients.”

Interested donors can contact Todd Eckert at Todd@Proindependence.org or 714-549-3464.

All registrants will receive t-shirts and gift bags, that last year included items from supporters like In-N-Out Burgers, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Honest-1-Auto, Mesa Water District and Bridgford Foods.

Project Independence will again team with Home Depot for an on-site workshop for kids and fitness trainers from the Art of Strength Fitness physical training facility in Irvine will warm up the walkers.  Penjoyan Farms will provide free fruits and vegetables for everyone, and OC Chef Concierge will cater the event. Last year, the 3rd Annual Extra Mile Award was given to Sprouts as Project Independence’s client employer of the year.