We thank you for your support of the 17th Annual Walk for Independence on Sunday, April 30th at Cove Island Park in Stamford.  This year we exceeded our goal of raising $45,000, making it the most successful walk yet!  Over the past 17 years the Walk for Independence has raised over $500,000 to benefit the individuals receiving residential, day, employment, medical and other supports at ARI. This year over 300 people attended despite the weather to help us honor Barbara Aronica Buck & Peter Buck along with the Russo Family for their many years of supporting ARI and the Walk. 

We thank our sponsors, in kind donors and everyone else that supported this year’s event.  Special thanks to Eleanor Casale and her Dance with El team for once again leading the warm-up.  We also thank the Stamford Police for leading us in the walk and Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons and State Reps Matt Blumenthal and Corey Paris for being in attendance.   

If you were unable to attend and would like to support please visit https://fundraise.givesmart.com/vf/17thWalk.  Check back for photos.  We thank John Martin and his son Chris for photographing the event!

-Click here to Donate online.

-Click here for the Walk Sponsor Flyer.

Your support allows us to continue providing the highest quality of services to people with developmental disabilities. Without your support events like this one will not happen. 

For more information or if you need assistance, please contact Gerard Gasparino at (203) 324-9258 ext. 3023 or email [email protected].




Team Rickey Denes-The Tomlin Family


Let’s warm up with Dance With EL!