HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – Numerous organizations came together this weekend to give people with special needs a chance to shine.
Donaldson Farms, Centenary University students, and the Arc of Warren County partnered with the New Jersey Special Olympics of Morris, Sussex, and Warren to help raise money and awareness by holding a Family-Fun Day and Walk-A-Thon.
Dozens of folks celebrated the day by taking a scenic stroll around Donaldson’s, getting pony rides, enjoying barbeque and even playing laser tag.
Centenary Student, Amber Spore, says the event meant more than just getting credit in the classroom.
“For me it’s always been about the Special Olympics. Not the fact that we were doing this for class. It’s always been something that’s been important to me. I enjoy staying involved and helping anyone with special needs,” explained Spore.
Special Olympics Area Director, Betty Lunn, says events like this make an enormous impact.
“So many of the people on our committee, including myself, have been doing this for 30 plus years. I remember the first time I started and your heart goes out to know there is a program for all of these individuals who have developmental disabilities. They don’t have to be put in a corner. They have something that can improve their life. They can be exposed to something that maybe they wouldn’t have if it weren’t for the Special Olympics,” said Lunn.
Also, many at the event made it a point to express their gratitude to Donaldson’s Farms for hosting such an outstanding event.
“And there was also so much that went on behin d the scenes. Thank Goodness for Katie Donaldson. She was so helpful and had so many contacts. She was a big part in our planning,” said Spore.
If you were not able to attend the event but want to donate or become involved with the Special Olympics, Betty Lunn invites you to contact her at 201-738-5459.
Published by: Katie Moriarty