“It is truly inspiring that each and every year more families and friends join DDI at our annual walk to show their support for the children and adults that we serve across Long Island with autism and other developmental disabilities,” commented DDI Executive Director John Lessard. “It is heartwarming to have so many people give of themselves to help enhance the lives of others.”
The scenic 5K walk was led by the 2019 Grand Marshals Kevin K., a student at DDI’s Children’s Day Program and t-shirt design winner for the 2019 Walk in the Park & Family Picnic, and Victor P. Dezelic, senior vice president of Corporate Synergies.
Nearly 300 Long Islanders came out for the walk and picnic that featured activities for the entire family including food, music, games, prizes, a petting zoo and more. The fun-filled day celebrated and recognized the families served by DDI who have demonstrated unwavering courage and dedication to making the lives of their loved ones full of purpose and fulfillment.
“A special thank you to our dedicated volunteers, including the Hampton Bays Key Club members, Costello’s ACE Hardware, Pilots Club of Sayville, WBAB/BLI, and all of the local high school students and DDI employees who gave of their time,” added Lessard.