HARC, an organization serving people with intellectual and related disabilities, held it’s eighth Annual Walk on Sunday, September 16 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. The non-competitive event brought together over 400 of HARC’s clients, staff, families, volunteers and community supporters. Proceeds from the Walk will be directed to HARC’s programs that help families and individuals face the daily challenge of intellectual and related disabilities.
Event co-chairs Susan Staunton and Greg Calnen along with event host Jeff Saperstone of NBC Connecticut, East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc and the UConn Huskies Men’s Ice Hockey team all greeted the crowd.
HARC Clients with UConn Huskies Men’s Ice Hockey Team
HARC participant, Rich McLaughlin, assistant to the event co-chairs, says “I really enjoyed this year’s Walk, the turnout was great. The games and activities really helped create a fun and inclusive environment for everyone.”
Attractions of the day included an Innovative InflatablesBounce House, New York Life Insurance Company Child Identification Card Station, food provided by Patty Cakes, fruit provided byFreshpoint, face painting by Fun-E Faces, massages by A Touch of Health Massage Therapy, posture screenings byTagliarini Chiropractic and water courtesy of Crystal Rock.
HARC thanks its sponsors and underwriters for making this year’s Walk possible:Dr. Jeane Best, Best Smiles; The Bogtrotters Golf Club; The Calnen Family; The Halloran Family; Hoffman Auto Group; Matt, Tracy & Michael James; Schaller Auto; Kathleen & James Staunton; Susan & Vincent Staunton; Jean & John Weiss; Wells Fargo Bank; T-Shirts Etc.; Christine Paluf Photography; Signs Plus; The Perfect Promotion; Hunter John Designs; and Vineyard Vines.
HARC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with intellectual disability and their families. It was founded in 1951 by families long before community services were available and institutionalization was the only option. HARC is a strong and visible advocate for civil rights and opportunities, and a major provider of clinical and supportive programs that span the entire lifetime: early intervention (Birth-to-Three), family support, respite care, employment and day services, residential, recreation, behavioral health and elderly services. HARC is a Community Investment Partner of United Way of Central andNortheastern Connecticutand serves Greater Hartford.