Bello Machre proudly announces it raised over $125,000 at Every Step Counts 2011. The event, held at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland, was attended by more than 250 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 Ireland, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “What a great day for Bello Machre and the folks we serve. With the help from our friends, families, business associates, and employees – Every Step Counts 2011 was the biggest and most successful event ever.”
The event’s Presenting Sponsor was Dimensional Health Care Associates of Owings Mills, Maryland, contributing $10,000. Dimensional Health Care Associates provides nurse case management and delegated nursing services to individuals with developmental disabilities. In addition, Dimensional offers ongoing and mandatory (CMT, OSHA, CPR, etc.) training for direct care staff as well as skills necessary to care for individuals.
Headed by Denise and Howard Schuffman, Dimensional Health Care Associates is a nurse owned/operated company that has been providing services in Maryland for over 18 years. Michelle Bathras, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, comments, The Schuffman’s have been friends and supporters of Bello Machre for over 4 years. Their special commitment to people with developmental disabilities is unsurpassed.”
Other major sponsors include Corporate Brokers of Annapolis, Maryland, and Merito, Inc. of Severna Park, Maryland — each donating $5,000 as Every Step Counts Benefactor Sponsors.
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. Every Step Counts is a great event. Every year my family and I walk and participate in the event – it’s such fun for everyone.”
Merito, Inc. is a technical services firm located in Severna Park, Maryland. Since 2001, Merito has specialized in managing and motivating highly specialized employees and aligning their performance and goals to client priorities. Shari Devlin, Chief Executive Officer, comments, “It’s a privilege to be involved with such a wonderful organization. Their work is extraordinary, and I’m humbled through my association.”
The event’s other major sponsors: Patron Sponsors, contributing $2,500 each, include Americle, Commercial Insurance Managers, Comprehensive Developmental Services, Empire Builders, Northern Pharmacy & Medical Equipment, Joanie Peacock of Champion Realty, and Skyline Network Engineering.
Other major Every Step Sponsors included: $1,000 T-Shirt Sponsors – Absolute Fire Protection, Inc., Affordable Heating & Cooling, Baxter Tire & Auto, Bugout Termite & Pest Control, Cattail Construction, Clinical Insights, Jefferson Leasing, Law Offices of Michael D. Steinhardt, Maryland Sewer and Plumbing, North Arundel Federal Savings, Opportunity Builders, Progressive Title Corp., Ride-Away, and Touch of Green; $500 Rest Stop Sponsors – ACC Telecom, Steven Danneman, CPA, Datalink Interactive, Five Star Coffee, Tea, & Espresso, Flom Corporation, Innovative Copy Products, and Mullen, Sondberg, Wimbish & Stone, P.A.; and $250 Distance Marker Sponsors – Associated Speech & Language Services, Corporate Sports, E.W. Droppa & Associates, Post Haste Mailing, and Sunset Restaurant and Lounge.
Every Step Counts Goodwill Sponsor was the Big Vanilla Athletic Club. The Big Vanilla Athletic Club provided its 25-foot rock-climbing wall and free advertising for the event.
Bello Machre means Home of My Heart in Gaelic. We provide homes and support to children, teens, adults, and seniors with developmental disabilities. More importantly, we enrich the lives of those we serve through loving care, guidance, and opportunity so that they can live life to its fullest. Many of the people we serve live in our 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, in your home or ours, 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.