Bello Machre proudly announced it raised over $100,000 at Every Step Counts 2013. The event, held at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland, was attended by more than 300 people who walked and biked on a route around the college. The proceeds benefit children and adults with developmental disabilities served throughout Central Maryland by Bello Machre. Dr. Robert T. Ireland, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “What an amazing day for Bello Machre and the folks we serve. With the help from our friends, families, business associates, and employees – this year’s Every Step Counts 2013 was the most successful ever!”
Spirits were high and the enthusiasm was contagious from the hundreds who came out to walk and bike in Every Step Counts 2013. Thanks to our friends, family, volunteers, and many supporters this year’s event was by far the biggest and most successful.
The event brought together friends and family, children and adults. Everyone enjoyed the walk and bike, moon bounce, Lulu the Clown, live music by Medora, children’s games and prizes, raffles, and great food. We were also lucky enough to showcase the 811 – Call Before You Dig motorcycle, constructed by Paul Teutel on Discovery Channel’s American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior and have special guest, Jennifer Myers, who has the distinct honor of representing Maryland as America’s Miss Maryland 2013.
The event’s Presenting Sponsor was Dimensional Health Care Associates of Owings Mills, Maryland, contributing $10,000. Dimensional Health Care Associates (DHCA) provides nurse case management and delegated nursing services to individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities. Headed by Denise and Howard Schuffman, DHCA is a nurse owned/operated company providing services in Maryland for over 21 years. DHCA offers on-going and mandatory (CMT, OSHA, CPR, etc.) training for direct care staff as well as skills necessary to care for individuals. Nutrition services provided by registered dietitians are also available.
Michelle Bathras, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, comments, “The Schuffman’s have been wonderful friends and supporters of Bello Machre for over six years. Their special commitment to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities is unsurpassed.”
Other major sponsors include our Premier Sponsor Corporate Brokers of Annapolis, Maryland who donated $7,500 and assembled over a 30-member walking team for the event.
Corporate Brokers, headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, is focused on high-quality recruitment and retention and offers a full array of scalable, best-practice solutions for both Permanent and Contract Placement Services. With seven offices located throughout the country, Corporate Brokers is designed to meet clients varied staffing challenges, from total outsourcing of talent acquisition strategies to interim contract recruiting. Shane Ireland, Managing Member, comments, “I am so proud to be associated with Bello Machre. This year was especially great because our staff was so engaged and excited to fundraise and walk for a local family that is supported by Bello Machre. It was a terrific day for everyone.”
The event’s other major sponsors include: Skyline Technology Solutions as the Benefactor Sponsor donating $4,000 and our Patron Sponsors contributing $2,500 each, include: Americle Healthcare, Cattail Construction, Commercial Insurance Managers, Comprehensive Developmental Services, DataLink Interactive, and Northern Pharmacy & Medical Equipment.
Every Step Counts Sponsors also included: $1,000 T-Shirt Sponsors – Absolute Fire Protection, Affordable Heating & Cooling Co., Bugout Termite & Pest Control, Civitan Club of Glen Burnie, Everlast Remodeling, Maryland Sewer & Plumbing, Mullen, Sondberg, Wimbish & Stone, One Call Concepts Locating Services, Opportunity Builders, Progressive Title Corporation, Touch of Green, and Transforming Architecture; $500 Rest Stop Sponsors – Baxter Tire & Auto, Empire Builders, Flom Corporation, and Law Offices of Michael D. Steinhardt; and $250 Distance Marker Sponsors – ACC Telecom, All Painting & Power Washing, Corporate Sports, Glen Burnie Mutual Savings Bank, and Sunset Restaurant & Lounge.
Bello Machre, founded in 1972, means Home of My Heart in Gaelic. It is a non-profit organization in Anne Arundel Country, Maryland that provides homes and support to children, teens, adults, and seniors with developmental disabilities. Its mission is to enrich the lives of those served through loving care, guidance, and opportunity so that they can live life to its fullest. Many of the people served live in its 54 community homes located throughout Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Bello Machre also provides help and support to hundreds of children and adults in their own homes. The Ray of Hope Program offers assistance with expenses such as specialized summer camp, physical therapy, and adaptive equipment. Trained and caring staff also provides residential respite care during family hospitalizations, emergencies, and vacations – 24-hours a day – seven days a week. Bello Machre is there to help with whatever is needed, empowering people with developmental disabilities to live life to its fullest.