Bello Machre, the Glen Burnie nonprofit supporting developmentally disabled area residents, raised more than $200,000 with its Every Step Counts fundraiser June 9.
The fundraiser drew 400 participants to Anne Arundel Community College. They walked, biked and ran in an effort to raise awareness and cash.
The total raised was a record for the organization, which has hosted the event annually for 27 years. Bello Machre’s Development Director Tracy Lynott said businesses and individuals made the event extraordinary. A head-start was offered by Dimensional Health Care’s corporate sponsorship of $20,000.
“June ninth was a true celebration of our mission and the people with developmental disabilities who work and live in our community,” Lynott said.
Participants could choose to raise funds for a specific individual, or one of the 60 homes throughout the state which are run by Bello Machre.
Laura Girton and her daughter Avery participated in the walk because they learned Bello Machre has helped Avery's classmate, although the classmate was too ill to participate in the walk.
"I honestly hadn’t heard of Bello Machre before the Every Step Counts event, and was truly impressed with how well organized it was and truly presented itself as a caring and kind organization," Girton said.
Bello Machre’s Jenna Fisher said this year’s major fundraising teams were called Extraordinary Heart Heroes and were presented with super hero capes. She said the funds largely are used to bridge the gap between government funding and the actual cost of care.
The nonprofit — its name means “home of my heart” in Gaelic — offers care and support programs for adults, children and their families, including physical therapy, adaptive equipment and specialized camps.
Adult day care is available as well as respite care for caregivers who experience an emergency or want to take a vacation. Those with disabilities also can receive care in their own homes.
The race portion of the event drew competitive runners, and awards were offered by Chipotle and Edith Neuberger to the fastest three men and women. All participants under 15-years-old received a participation medal.
In addition to the walk, bike and run, families enjoyed games, kids’ activities such as face painting and a moonbounce, music and food.
“We promise families that we will always be there for their loved ones, and the funds raised by this event help us ensure that we can keep that promise — even on rainy days,” Fisher said.
Bello Machre will hold its 34th annual golf tournament Sept. 12 at Queenstown Harbor Golf Course. A shotgun start will be made at 10 a.m.
The University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center Volunteers, 301 Hospital Dr., will offer the vendor sale “In the Bag” 7 a.m.–4 p.m. July 27 in the Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center, third floor.
Tickets are $20 and include dinner and regular games. Proceeds will benefit the post. To purchase, call 410-761-9869.
Gophers’ 60th reunion
The Glen Burnie High School Class of 1958 will hold its 60th reunion 1–5 p.m. Sept. 29 at Hella’s Restaurant, 8498 Veterans Hwy.
Tickets are $25 and include a buffet dinner and cash bar. Make checks payable to Joan Collett and mail to 282 Cross Creek Dr., Glen Burnie, MD 21061 by Aug. 1. Participants should include with their payment the name, address, and phone number as well as number of attendees. No future reunions are planned for the class.
For more information, call Collett at 410-761-3485 or Barbara Quasny at 410-255-8579 or email Barbbq40@aol.com.
Lots at the library
Children can learn about animal calls with Eco Adventures: Calls of the Wild at 1, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Glen Burnie Regional Library, 1010 Eastway.