There’s still time: Every Step Counts 2014

There is still time to get involved with Bello Machre’s Every Step Counts – a family-walk and bike event scheduled for Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland. All proceeds will benefit people with developmental disabilities served by Bello Machre. Don’t miss this event that won What’s Up Magazines Best of Annapolis 2013 for Best Local Nonprofit Event.

This family-friendly event will feature fun festivities including a moon bounce and games, live music by Medora, a clown with face painting and balloon art, raffles, and complimentary food and beverages. The event also promotes education and awareness about people with developmental disabilities who live and work within the community.

Every Step Counts will assemble hundreds of walkers and bikers at Anne Arundel Community College, with a goal to raise over $125,000. Tracy Lynott, Development Director commented, “We want Every Step Counts to be a truly big event – a big event in the hearts and homes of people who depend upon Bello Machre.”

Each walker and biker will raise money by asking friends, family, and business associates to sponsor their participation – either by walking a one-mile route or biking a five-mile route.

Get involved today – register to walk at, click on the Events page – Every Step Counts. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 12:00 noon. To register or for more information, contact Katie Gusa at 443-702-3024 or The event address is 101 College Parkway, Arnold, Maryland – look for the large tents in front of the Pool/Gym and Schwartz Buildings.

Volunteers needed for set up, route support, food service, greets, parking, and clean up. Please contact Evette Watson at 443-702-3064 or email Volunteers receive complimentary food and t-shirt.

Bello Machre also recognizes the Presenting Sponsor – Dimensional Health Care Associates. Headed by Denise and Howard Schuffman, Dimensional Health Care donated $12,000 to benefit children and adults with developmental disabilities. We also recognize our Premier Sponsor – Corporate Brokers who donated $7,500.

Dr. Robert T. Ireland, president and CEO, stated, “We genuinely appreciate the generosity from our important community partners that continue to show support of a great cause and a great event.”

Bello Machre, founded in 1972, means Home of My Heart in Gaelic. It is a non-profit organization in Anne Arundel Country, Maryland that provides homes and support to children, teens, adults, and seniors with developmental disabilities.