Saturday, May 14, 2011

Steve Nelson helps with HMEA!

The 10th Annual HMEA Independence 5K Walk, Run, Roll & Stroll also celebrating 50 years of support for thousands of children and adults with disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and intellectual challenges will be held in Franklin on May 22nd rain or shine. 

The event includes a professionally timed and run 5K USATF certified course plus a flexible 5K walk that is very family oriented and fun. Free food, parking, tee shirts, entertainment, and fun games and a kid’s activities area. 

Raffles, award program. Franklin High School Jazz Band performance, Gene Lavanchy (Fox 25) will host the event. Sports teams mascots appearances, train rides Special tribute to Veterans and currently enlisted military personnel. For more info or to volunteer, get involved via or

Registrations are being accepted through Thursday May 19th on the web site Early community champions helping to sponsor the are industry giants ADP, AAA-Southern New England, EMC, Wal Mart, UPS Trucking, Tegra Medical, Team Hoyt, Waste Management, Rockland Trust, Charter Communications, D’Angelo’s, Autobahn East, Vehicle Fleet Management, Quality Beverage, Price Chopper, Ducharme Estates, Holliston Oil, Medway Oil, T&J Heating, Eagle Stainless Tube, Plansee USA, Roche Bros., Garelick Farms, Waste Management, WB Mason, Todson, Boston Sports Club, Franklin, Team Fitness Franklin.

The funds raised at this special event will benefit over 2600 children and adults with developmental disabilities in 110 towns from Attleboro to Littleton and from Boston to Worcester. In addition, the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Army National Guard and the Pawtuxet Rangers will participate in the opening ceremonies by providing a special tribute to America’s Armed Forces.

Those interested in sponsoring, participating, or attending the event, are encouraged to visit the web site at to register on line or download more information on the event or contact Linda Conley at 508-298-1107, or Doug MacPherson 1105. A Super raffle and a special 50/50 will also culminate on race day.

HMEA is a non-profit agency serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families in 110 communities in central and eastern MA. Headquartered in Franklin, they provide a wide variety of services including educational, vocational, and residential supports. For more information please call 508-298-1105.

Franklin, MA

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