Date: June 22, 2012
Contact: Tracy Lynott – Director, Development
443.702.3016 email:
Bello Machre Raises Over $100,000 at 
Every Step Counts 2012
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MARYLAND: Bello Machre proudly announces it raised over $100,000 at Every Step Counts 2012. The event, held at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland, was attended by more than 250 people who walked and biked on a route around the college. The proceeds benefit children and adults with developmental disabilities served throughout Central Maryland by Bello Machre. Dr. Robert Ireland, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “What a great day for Bello Machre and the folks we serve. With the help from our friends, families, business associates, and employees – Every Step Counts 2012 was the biggest and most successful event ever.”
The event’s Presenting Sponsor was Dimensional Health Care Associates of Owings Mills, Maryland, contributing $10,000.  
Dimensional Health Care Associates (DHCA) provides nurse case management and delegated nursing services to agencies that care for people with developmental disabilities. Headed by Denise and Howard Schuffman, DHCA is a nurse owned/operated company providing services in Maryland for over 20 years. Headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland, DHCA offers on-going and mandatory (CMT, OSHA, CPR, etc.) training for direct care staff as well as skills necessary to care for people. Nutrition services provided by registered dietitians are also available.
Michelle Bathras, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, comments, “The Schuffman’s have been friends and supporters of Bello Machre for over 5 years. Their special commitment to people with developmental disabilities is unsurpassed.”
Other major sponsors include our Premier Sponsor Corporate Brokers of Annapolis, Maryland who donated $7,500 and assembled a 30-member walking team for the event.  
Corporate Brokers, headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, is focused on high-quality recruitment and retention and offers a full array of scalable, best-practice solutions for both Permanent and Contract Placement Services. With seven offices located throughout the country, Corporate Brokers is designed to meet clients varied staffing challenges, from total outsourcing of talent acquisition strategies to interim contract recruiting. Shane Ireland, Managing Member, comments, “I am so proud to be associated with Bello Machre. Every Step Counts is a great event. Every year my family and I walk and participate in the event – its fun for everyone.”
The event’s other major sponsors include: Empire Builders as the Benefactor Sponsor donating $5,000 and our Patron Sponsors, contributing $2,500 each, include Absolute Fire Protection, Americle Healthcare, Champion Reality, Commercial Insurance Managers, Comprehensive Developmental Services, DataLink Interactive, and Northern Pharmacy and Medical Equipment. 
Every Step Sponsors also included: $1,000 T-Shirt Sponsors – Affordable Heating & Cooling, Bank of Glen Burnie, Baxter Tire & Auto, Bugout Termite & Pest Control, Cattail Construction, Jefferson Leasing, Maryland Sewer and Plumbing, Merito, Mullen, Sondberg, Wimbish & Stone, North Arundel Federal Savings, Opportunity Builders, Progressive Title Corporation, Ride-Away Handicap Equipment, and Touch of Green; $500 Rest Stop Sponsors – Flom Corporation, Glen Burnie Collision Center, and Residential Reflections Architects; and $250 Distance Marker Sponsors – All Painting and Power Washing, Corporate Sports, Evergreen Gene’s Garden Center, Glen Burnie Mutual Savings Bank, and Sunset Restaurant and Lounge.
Every Step Counts Goodwill Sponsor was the Big Vanilla Athletic Club. The Big Vanilla Athletic Club provided its 25-foot rock-climbing wall and free advertising for the event.
Bello Machre, founded in 1972, means Home of My Heart in Gaelic. It is a nonprofit organization in Anne Arundel County, Maryland that provides homes and support to children, teens, adults, and seniors with developmental disabilities. More importantly, Bello Machre enriches the lives of those served through loving care, guidance, and opportunity so that they can live life to its fullest. Employing 300 skilled professionals, Bello Machre serves 174 people in its 54 community based homes throughout Central Maryland. Through its Support Services Programs, Bello Machre provides help and support to more than 150 individuals and families in their own homes. The Ray of Hope Program helps individuals and families obtain respite care, specialized summer camp, physical therapy, and specialized equipment; its Respite Care services provide residential support during family hospitalizations, emergencies, and vacations—24-hours a day, seven-days a week. Bello Machre serves children and adults without regard to race, religion, gender, or national origin.