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The fog lifted and the sun was shining on a beautiful day as Anne O. Weeks, MTSTCIL President/CEO, welcomed more than 170 walkers, Charlotte Jenkins sang the National Anthem and Trent Davis got us stretched and ready to walk around the lake.
Tammi Stollings, from the Governor's office, delivered greetings and support from Governor Manchin.
Anne Weeks recognized each participant and volunteer with a participation certificate and a goodie bag.
In the News! Yes, you saw us on television on WOWK - TV 13 CBS and WSAZ - TV 3 NBC. The Herald-Dispatch Huntington was also there and and wrote about us in their newspaper.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors and volunteers who helped make our 4th Annual Walk for Independence a success. A big thank you to all the businesses who provided financial support, gifts, and goods and materials for the Walk and the hard work of the staff who pulled it all together.
On behalf of the people with disabilities who will be able to maintain their independence by receiving services with the money we raised, a round of applause and huge thanks to each and every one of you who had a part in making the Walk for Independence 2007 a success!
Senator Jenkins joined us in walking again this year and tells us:
This year’s Walk for Independence was a tremendous success. Each year it keeps growing with larger numbers of participants. Like last year, it’s an important opportunity for me as a policy maker to have my eye’s opened even wider about the important issues that need to be addressed for those with disabilities. I appreciate the opportunity to literally 'take a walk' and talk with those who are working so hard simply to get a fair shake in life. You certainly have my continued support.
Dakotah Copenhaver delighted the children dressed as Shoney bear. Cathy Hutchinson, MTSTCIL Community Resource Advocate, created balloon art animals for the children. Fruit, doughnuts, pastries, juice and water were donated by community organizations. Once again the Fair Shake Network donated ice cream for the Walk participants.
MTSTCIL staff and consumers would like to thank all of the Walk participants, sponsors and donators for their generous contributions that made our 2007 Walk for Independence a huge success! Proceeds from the Walk benefit the Community Living Services Program at Mountain State Centers for Independent Living.
The 2008 Walk for Independence will be held at Ritter Park in Huntington, WV on July 19, 2008.