Walk in the Park & Family Picnic
DDI Walk in the Park – A Runaway Success
On Sunday, September 23rd, DDI hosted its annual Walk in the Park & Family Picnic at the Holtsville Ecology Park.
Over $100,000 was raised to benefit the vital programs and services DDI provides to over 1,500 families served, and we are humbled by the outpouring of support and donations.
“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.”
Hundreds of Long Islanders braved the rainy conditions and came out for the scenic 5K Walk through Suffolk County’s beautiful Holtsville Ecology Park which featured activities for the entire family, followed by a festival in the park complete with food, music, games, prizes, a petting zoo and more.
The fun-filled day celebrated and recognized the thousands of families served by DDI who have demonstrated unwavering courage and dedication to make the lives of their loved ones full of purpose and fulfillment.
Thank you to everyone who supported this remarkable event. The day was filled with family, friends, and tons of enjoyment.
Special thanks to this year’s Grand Marshals, Liberty Coca-Cola of Smithtown.
Pictured left to right are Grand Marshals Mike Reilly, Chris Reilly, Anthony Competello,
Tina. Leibow-Mentlik, DDI Executive Director John Lessard, Linda Broderick, and John Mallaney.