‘Walk with your Heart’ Friendship Walk to take place May 7

Proceeds to benefit the Suffern Friendship Circle, which provides services for special needs children 


The Suffern Friendship Circle, a non-profit organization providing programs and support to families of individuals with special needs, will host the third annual “Walk with your Heart” Friendship Walk on Sunday, May 7 from noon to 4 p.m. at Rockland Community College on 145 College Rd.

“We are looking forward to raising vital funds and increasing community awareness for the Suffern Friendship Circle and children with special needs,” said Devorah Sirota, Suffern Friendship Circle co-founder. “The Friendship Circle’s unique approach brings teenage volunteers and children with special needs together for hours of fun and friendship. These shared experiences empower children with special needs while enriching the lives of everyone involved.”

The one-mile walk encourages participants of all ages to “walk a mile for a special child.”  It will begin with an inspirational opening ceremony, followed by the walk.  The Friendship Fair will follow and feature the Real Mccoy Show, the “Eliminator,” a video game truck, food, a petting zoo, inflatables, disc jockey music and other activities.

“This walk is an example of the tremendous power of community involvement to support individuals with special needs,” Sirota added.  “The funds raised will help expand the services and activities the Suffern Friendship Circle offers to families throughout the area.”

Sponsors include Rockland Community College, Inserra Supermarkets inc., Schultz Ford – Lincoln, Willows at Ramapo, Apple Bank, Mercedes Benz – Nanuet, Marquis Home Care, Columbia Doctors of the Hudson Valley, Rockland Nissan, Active International, Moonlight Pediatrics, M&T Bank, The Skin Center Dermatology Group, Koenig Real Estate, Proforma, Interstate Toyota, Stop & Shop, Dynamic Event Group, Superior Waste and Carting, West Rock Events, Jill’s Ceramics, Rita’s Ice, The Challah Fairy, Bricks 4 kidz, Home Depot, Sparkle Up, Main Event.

Participants form teams via the official Web site, www.rocklandfriendshipwalk.com, which is also used for team promotion, to track progress and solicit donations in addition to event registration.

To learn more, call 845-368-1889 or e-mail friends@rocklandfriendship.com.  The walk’s Web site, www.rocklandfriendshipwalk.com, provides additional event information and online registration.

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