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13th Annual Walk With Sunshine in Toledo celebrates Sunshine’s 60th Anniversary

The 13th Annual Walk With Sunshine is set for Saturday, September 11 at Monclova Primary School. The Walk is an annual fundraiser for Sunshine, a non-profit organization in Maumee that provides residential, vocational and family support services to people with developmental disabilities. This year, a 5K Run has been added on a certified course along Black Road, beginning at Waterville Monclova Road.

· The Run begins at 8:30 AM, with the non-competitive Walk starts on the Wabash Cannonball Rails-To-Trails path at 9:30 AM. Visit www.firstgiving.com/wws to register online.

· Pre-Registration fee is $15, Children 12 & Under are $10 and Day Of Registration is $20.

· Awards for the 5K Run will be given out in the following categories: Overall and Overall Master Male and Female and three each in age groups 12 & Under, 13-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59 and 60 & Over. Awards are hand made by clients in Sunshine’s onsite art studio in our Vocational Center.

In 2009, over 400 people participated in the Walk With Sunshine. This year’s event is expected to attract even more attendees in celebration of Sunshine’s 60th Anniversary. Among the many reasons to join the event are breakfast pastries provided by Georgette’s Grounds & Gifts, a Sunshine supported employment site; a scavenger hunt sponsored by the Toledo Metroparks; a Children’s Activity Area; sandwiches provided by the Whitehouse Inn; and great prizes from Dave’s Running Shop, Manos Greek Restaurant, Rave Motion Pictures and many more. All participants that pre-register will receive a reusable Sunshine tote bag in addition to the t-shirt.

The Walk With Sunshine brings together clients and staff of Sunshine with community members and supporters. The original Walk took place in 1998 when Jeff Alt, who has a brother at Sunshine, hiked 2,160 miles the entire Appalachian Trail as a fundraiser for the organization. His journey inspired others and since its inception, the Walk has raised over $180,000 for programs and services for clients of Sunshine. Sunshine’s mission is to create community among people with developmental disabilities, their families, friends and staff by offering services that enable us to build relationships that enhance our lives through mutual caring and growth.

After the Walk – Book Signing with Jeff Alt, Walk With Sunshine founder,
Jeff Alt will host the annual Walk-With-Sunshine ( www.firstgiving.com/wws ) and then he will hike into the Perrysburg Books-A-Million to sign and discuss the new edition of A Walk for Sunshine (book: ISBN 978-0-967948-23-2 and DVD: ) an entertaining adventure over 2,000 miles along the Appalachian Trail. Books-A-Million is sponsoring a bookfair for Sunshine and will donate a percentage of all book sales during this event when patrons present this ID# 5000000954. FREE.

More about Jeff Alt: www.jeffalt.com

WHEN: Saturday, September 11, 2010, bookfair 1-5pm; Jeff Alt signs & discusses 3-5pm.

WHERE: Perrysburg Books-A-Million (2105 Levis Commons, Perrysburg, OH 43551, (419) 873-0727).