On Saturday, September 7, The Arc Wayne introduced Color Wayne to Newark and surrounding Wayne County community members. The whirlwind disability awareness event sent at least 300 runners and walkers on a two-mile route along the Erie Canalway path ending in T. Spencer Knight Park located right in front of The Arc Wayne’s headquarters.
Kindness for Kasey
Groups and individual participants were given the option to raise donations to contribute to the Arc of Wayne Foundation, which all event proceeds benefited. Team Kasey exceeded all expectations by raising $1,150 in memory of Kasey DeMarree, a former student at Roosevelt Children’s Center that passed away at age 4 in 2016.
Kasey’s parents, Kelly and Dan DeMaree were overwhelmed by the support of their friends and family when they decided to participate in Color Wayne.
“Although Kasey was not able to join us at the [event], the kindness that he so willingly gave others was given back through the support and donations in his memory,” Kelly and Dan DeMaree said.
Kasey’s parents expressed their appreciation of Roosevelt Children’s Center and the school’s kindness in such a difficult time.
“It wasn’t until we unexpectedly lost Kasey that we were able to truly understand the magnitude of what Roosevelt has meant [to] our family,” Kelly and Dan said. “They understood our little boy so well, and we feel so lucky for Kasey to have been surrounded by so much love.”
RCC staff dedicated a bookshelf to Kasey to show their love and encourage his kindness.
“As a student, Kasey spread his love and kindness to everyone he came in contact with,” Kelly and Dan said. “Whether it was a hug, bringing you a book to share together, or one of his beautiful smiles, his kindness was on full display.”
The Arc Wayne hopes for everyone to follow in Kasey’s footsteps and lead with kindness.
“Seeing us celebrate our differences and accept all individuals for who they are is so important for our community,” Kelly and Dan said.
Color Wayne brought light, or in this case, color, to The Arc Wayne’s mission. The event’s theme was disability awareness to remind the Wayne County community of the opportunities the agency provides for people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities and show community members ways to get involved with the agency.
Team Kasey was given 10 tickets to a Rochester RazorSharks' game and 10 admissions to The Sterling Renaissance Festival for their generous donation. Charlotte Johnson was given four tickets to Dark Matter Scream Works haunted house and four admissions to The Sterling Renaissance Festival for raising a total of $125 for our foundation. The first-time event raised nearly $4,000.
A special thanks:
Kelly and Dan DeMaree for sharing their memories of Kasey.
In-kind prize sponsors
MVP Health Care
4Imprint - One By One Program
Legendary Auto Interiors
Rochester Regional Health
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