Walking on Sunshine 2019

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Walking on Sunshine 2019

Join Mary Cariola Children’s Center on September 22nd for our biggest fundraiser – Walking on Sunshine! The event will be held at Veterans Memorial Park, 3100 Atlantic Avenue in Penfield. 

Registration opens at 9:30 am, the opening ceremony is 10:15 am and the Walk begins at 10:30 am. You can choose to take the shorter Family Fun Route or the longer Wellness Walk, which is a little over 1 mile.  

Family-friendly activities include face painting, arts and crafts, healthy snacks, live music, sports team mascots, photo opportunities and a finish line celebratory lunch. We will also be offering tons of fun raffle prizes! 

Funds raised from this event will help to provide education and life skill solutions for nearly 500 individuals with complex disabilities. Thank you for helping our children and young adults discover their lifelong potential!

Please note, individuals who raise $25 or more will receive an event t-shirt. 

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Sunday September 22nd
Veteran's Memorial Park, Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, NY, USA
Veteran's Memorial Park, 3100 Atlantic Ave, Penfield, NY 14526, USA

What You Are Supporting

Celebrating our 70th Anniversary, Mary Cariola Children’s Center is an independent not-for profit agency dedicated to evidence-based education and life skill solutions for individuals with multiple complex disabilities. Serving nearly 500 individuals and their families in our preschool, school age and residential programs, our staff uses innovate technology to unlock life-long potential. 

We honor Mary Cariola and her mission as nearly 700 full and part-time staff serve student’s ages 3-21, as well as almost 50 residents in six residential homes.

Each day students travel from over 53 referring school districts from 11 surrounding counties in addition to Syracuse and Niagara Falls. 

Pre-school curriculum is designed for 3-5 year-old children, offering either a half-day or full day, depending on their individual education plan (IEP). Students are referred through the County Health Department as well as by the student’s home school district.

The school age program serves students 5-21 and is designed to meet the individual needs of the students. Every classroom operates as an interdisciplinary team, combining special education with a variety of clinical and therapeutic services appropriate for the students.

All students are assigned a social worker who acts as the liaison between school and home.

We operate six residential homes across Monroe County where residents receive 24-hour care from expert direct care and clinical staff. All residents are enrolled in school or, if they are over age 21, an adult day service or work setting. 

We focus on life skill development and assisting individuals in experiencing all that life and their communities have to offer. Each home provides a loving family environment in a residential setting and all residents have individual goals focusing on their independence.

Staff members complete rigorous training with the goal of enabling each resident to unlock their full potential. Family members are encouraged to participate in residential home activities and can visit, take their child home, and participate in program meetings regarding their child’s programming.

Inspiring, Empowering, Achieving. Celebrating 70 years of dedication to individuals with disabilities, their families and our staff.


Memories from the 2018 Walk