SOURCE: Easter Seals New York

Easter Seals New York

June 11, 2009 08:30 ET

Easter Seals New York's "Walk With Me" to Showcase We Live to Give Foundation and Advocate Heather Mills

Saturday, June 13, 2009, 11:00 a.m. at Castle Clinton, Battery Park, New York, NY

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 11, 2009) - Easter Seals New York's 6th Annual Walk With Me New York City will show support for the organization's vital programs and services, while championing the work of those who help make the work possible. This year's walk will highlight the efforts of Kanti Gala and the We Live to Give Foundation and Heather Mills, International Advocate for Children with Disabilities and Easter Seals New York Board Member.

Mills will join hundreds of supporters on the 2.5 mile route through lower Manhattan. "The Walk gives New Yorkers a chance to meet the people that Easter Seals New York serves," says John W. McGrath, Senior Vice President of Organizational Development for Easter Seals New York. "We are proud that Heather Mills will join us on this fun-filled day to help children and adults with special needs live fuller and happier lives." As a Co-Chair, this walk will mark Mills' first official act as International Advocate for Children with Disabilities and Board Member for the organization.

Also joining Mills for the walk are members of the board of the We Live to Give Foundation. The Foundation has made a generous donation to the Walk which will allow Easter Seals New York to bring teachers from India to train them to work with children with special needs and autism back home. The We Live to Give Foundation was recently honored at the Easter Seals New York annual gala, Field of Hopes and Dreams.

"I am honored to be a part of this annual walk. Easter Seals New York does such important work to help people in underserved communities locally and, now, internationally," says Kanti Gala.

Easter Seals is the leading not-for-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical and mental disabilities, and other special needs. Easter Seals New York provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. Easter Seals New York services include, but are not limited to: early intervention, camping and recreation, special education, residential, senior employment, family services and school-based disability awareness. Walk With Me is Easter Seals' national signature fundraising event, with CVS Caremark as the national premier sponsor, Amway as the national presenting sponsor, and Century 21 as the national founding sponsor.

The We Live to Give Foundation was established in 1998 and primarily focuses on organizations that work around autism, developmental disabilities, and promoting children's education. Kanti Gala, an Executive Diamond Member of Amway Global and Board Member for Easter Seals New York, also sits on the Board of the We Live to Give Foundation. Other members of the Board of the Foundation include Kulin Desai, Shivaram Kumar, Manipal Reddy, and Raj Shah.

For more information about Easter Seals New York or Walk With Me New York City, call (917) 572-1504 or visit www.eastersealsny.org.

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