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News May 12, 2014 - 12:44:26 PM

Beautiful weather and over 250 participants walk at annual ARI event in Stamford

By ARI of Connecticut, Inc.

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Participants begin the Walk (contributed photo)
Stamford, CT - The 8th Annual ARI Walk for Independence took place on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Cove Island Park in Stamford. Over 250 participants, including clients, staff and supporters raised over $25,000 in donations to support ARI programs.

ARI President and CEO, Matthew Reyher welcomed the crowed in attendance. Marcus Sweeney and Valerie Bell, co-chairs of the event both spoke thanking all for attending. Warm-up exercises were led by Jill Tomasello of Advanced Physical Therapy before members of the Stamford Police led the 3-mile walk around Cove Island Park. Former State Legislator Christel Truglia and current Stamford Mayor David Martin were in attendance.

Breakfast, lunch and snacks were generously provided by Darius Jamshidian of the West Main Street SUBWAY, the Cingari family ShopRite, and Liz Sue Bagels. In addition, Charles Wiesehahn donated his time to take photos during the event.

“For eight years we have seen this event continue to expand and grow. We are astounded by the continued commitment of our “Walk for Independence” by our neighbors and of our community of Stamford,” says Matthew Reyher, ARI President & CEO. “We would like to thank our numerous sponsors, supporters and walkers who helped make this event a resounding success. Events like the Walk for Independence are crucial to our agency for its growth and continued successful operations.”

ARI of Connecticut, Inc. will be holding its 19th Annual Lotstein/Martin Golf Tournament and dinner in Thursday, July 31st at Sterling Farms Golf Course, beginning at noon. For more information please contact Gerard J. Gasparino, Mgr. of Development & Recreation at or visit us at

ARI provides jobs, homes and services to over 150 adults with developmental disabilities.

ARI MISSION: Enriching the lives of people with disabilities and their families by enabling them to achieve their fullest potential at home, at work and in the community.

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