The Arc of Chester County’s recent fundraiser — a virtual Bubble Walk, Run, and Fun Day — raised an impressive $92,000 for the individuals with disabilities and their families that the nonprofit serves.
This year’s event went virtual amidst the pandemic and received overwhelming support from title sponsor CTDI and the community at large. Approximately 200 walkers and runners rallied on Sunday, May 17 and set out at 9 AM from their own neighborhoods, walking and running separately but united for The Arc.
Walkers and runners from all over Pennsylvania, Delaware, and as far away as Massachusetts participated.
Many participants formed fundraising teams to raise additional dollars for The Arc. The combined effort of individual donors, local organizations, and corporate sponsors reinforced the power of community.
Event proceeds and corporate sponsorship will serve as a lifeline to keep The Arc’s vital and essential services available for those who need them. Donations have continued to come in after the event, and a new goal of $100,000 by June 30, the end of the fiscal year, has been set.
“We are humbled and incredibly grateful for the outpouring of community support,” said Jeanne Meikrantz, Executive Director of The Arc of Chester County. “With the support of CTDI and the rest of the generous sponsors and loyal supporters, we can make sure no one is left behind, especially during this pandemic. Now more than ever, families, children, and adults with disabilities and their families are relying on our supports and services.”
Last year’s physical event was held at West Goshen Community Park, where adults and kids alike walked through bubble stations along a one-mile course or ran a 5K through adjacent neighborhoods. This year’s virtual event extended The Arc’s reach, allowing for people beyond the area to get involved and walk or run at a course of their choosing.
“It was incredible to see the virtual show of support on May 17,” said Stephen Potts, Board President of The Arc of Chester County. “Walkers and runners shared photos on social media as they set out with loved ones from all over — neighborhoods, parks, trails, sports fields, and nature preserves. The Arc Walk, Run, and Fun event was an opportunity to be a champion for children and adults with disabilities, and it also made us feel more connected to one another during COVID.”
The Arc provides a lifetime continuum of services to 3,000 individuals and families a year. Proceeds from this year’s fundraiser will support The Arc of Chester County’s programs and services, which include Advocacy, Children’s Early Learning, Family Support Services, Employment, and Transportation.
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