The SCARC Foundation To Host 17th Annual Walkathon And Family-Fun Day

May 13, 2019
The SCARC Foundation To Host 17th Annual Walkathon And Family-Fun Day

Media Contact:

Chris Hemmer
Chief Development Officer
SCARC Foundation
973-383-7442 x260
[email protected]



Augusta, NJ (April 30, 2019) – The SCARC Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds to provide support to SCARC and SCARC Guardianship Services, invites the public to join us for our 2019 Gordon Shelton Memorial Walkathon on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ. Funds from the Walkathon, one of the SCARC Foundation’s most successful fundraising events, help to provide essential services to individuals with developmental disabilities in Sussex County.

Both individuals and teams are encouraged to sign up for the Walkathon as soon as possible so they may begin raising the funds that enable SCARC Foundation to support its sister organizations in their vital, life-changing work. All those who plan to walk are asked to raise at least $100 in pledges for the SCARC Foundation through our easy-to-use fundraising interface at Those who cannot attend the event can still support it by sponsoring a participant or team through our Walkathon fundraising interface.

Organizations are also encouraged to form their own Walkathon teams as well as to invest in one of the Walkathon’s sponsorship packages, which offer excellent opportunities for advertising and promotion at this very popular community event. Learn more at

The SCARC Foundation is grateful to its 2019 Walkathon Presenting Sponsors, Thorlabs and Willis Towers Watson, as well as its Platinum Sponsors, Lakeland Bank, Layton Valley Construction, Macy’s, and RoNetco Supermarkets.

The funds raised from the Walkathon help SCARC provide individuals with developmental disabilities with exciting activities and meaningful programs that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. They also support SCARC Guardianship Services in its efforts to provide individuals with developmental disabilities and their loved ones with guardianship services and legal advocacy.

The 17th annual Walkathon, which will be held rain or shine, begins with registration at 11 am on Sunday, May 19, at the Fairgrounds. The 1.8-mile walk begins at 12 pm and will follow the perimeter of the fairgrounds. Afterward, attendees are welcome to enjoy donated food, games, and activities, including a hay ride and bounce house. The Sussex Countyill also bring its mobile-incident-command unit, which participants are welcome to explore!

Families, children, and adults of all ages as well as friendly dogs (and their owners!) are all welcome to participate in this non-competitive day of fun. Wheelchairs and strollers are also welcome!

“Last year, more than 800 people attended this fun family event and we raised $131,000 that helped SCARC and SCARC Guardianship Services provide services to more than 750 individuals with developmental disabilities—right here in Sussex County,” remarked Chris Hemmer, the SCARC Foundation’s chief-development officer. “We hope to see even more individuals, families, and organizations—both from our county and beyond—participate in this year’s walk!”

Same-day registrations will be accepted with a suggested donation of $25 to participate. For more information about the SCARC Foundation’s 2019 Walkathon, please visit or contact Chris Hemmer at 973-383-7442 ext. 260 or [email protected].

About the SCARC Foundation

The SCARC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1985 that raises funds specifically to support its sister organizations, SCARC and SCARC Guardianship Services, which offer individuals with developmental disabilities with a wealth of opportunities for them to live with purpose and value in the community. Their services also support individuals with disabilities and their families in providing and planning for the lifelong care these individuals will require. For nearly 35 years, the SCARC Foundation has provided critical financial support that enables these organizations to support more 750 individuals each year—right here in Sussex County. Please visit to learn more.