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Hudson River Walk in Englewood Cliffs Benefits J-ADD

Participants in J-ADD's Walkathon raise money for the organization in an annual event near Englewood Boat Basin. Photo Credit: Stephanie Shapiro
Participants head out during the annual Walkalton in Englewood Cliffs in an event that benefits J-ADD. Photo Credit: Stephanie Shapiro
Attendees hang out on the Englewood Boat Basin's park grounds during J-ADD's Walkathon event. Photo Credit: Stephanie Shapiro
J-ADD Trustee Dr. Bruce Meyer and entertainer Michael Deming assisted at the event. Photo Credit: Melissa Heule

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ — The Jewish Association for Developmental Disabilities in Hackensack held its 13th annual Walkathon Sun. Oct. 25 at the Englewood Boat Basin in Englewood Cliffs.

More 75 attendees participated in the half-mile walk on paths near the Hudson River. Another 25 members volunteered in the area as the crowd made its way toward a balloon-decorated tree before turning back.

“It’s a positive reinforcement atmosphere here, and everyone needs that,” said Michael Deming, an eighth-grade teacher in Rockland County. He sang in the band performing for the day.

"We see the community as well as those living with disabilities come out for our biggest annual fundraiser," said Dr. Bruce Meyer, an optometrist in Oradell who is on the board of trustees for J-ADD.

Meyer joined Deming in the band on saxophone.

J-ADD provides respite services, helps those with disabilities find jobs and offers group and supportive housing, throughout New Jersey.

"If you build them up and tell them what’s possible and you tell them - it's a out progress not perfection - they respond to that," Derning said. "I see that in my little bit of exposure with the developmentally disabled population.”

MORE INFO: http://www.j-add.org

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