Date: April 20, 2016

Contact: Tracy Lynott – Director, Development

Bello Machre Announces its 25th Annual Every Step Counts

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MARYLAND: Registration is now open for Bello Machre’s 25th Annual Every Step Counts Walk, Bike and 5K Run. The Every Step Counts event will be held Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland beginning at 7:30 a.m. and concluding at 12:00 noon. All of the funds raised through Every Step Counts will help people with developmental disabilities served by Bello Machre. For information visit our website: Join the celebration – this event is fun for the whole family with a moon bounce, face painting, children’s games and prizes, great food, and music.

“Unique to this fundraising event is that individuals and teams can raise money for a specific person or Bello Machre home with half of the money raised going directly back in the form of services. This is a huge help to families and individuals in our community,” says Tracy Lynott, Development Director.

The Bello Machre 5K Run will feature a professional timing system for each registered 5K participant – whether you walk or run. Awards will be presented to the fastest three times for both men and women, as well as in eight age groups. All participants under the age of 15 will receive a participation medal. See our website for specific prize categories.
Like the walkers and bikers, we encourage the runners to get their friends, families, and co-workers to sponsor their participation – raising money for a great cause. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., 5K welcome and warm up at 8:15 a.m., the 5K race starts at 8:30 a.m., and the walk and bike to follow at 9:30 a.m. at Anne Arundel Community College. For more information or to volunteer visit the Bello Machre website or call or email Melissa Harris at 443-702-3024 / The 5k course map is also posted on our website.

Thanks to our Event Sponsor, Dimensional HealthCare Associates, this fun event is for the whole family with a moon bounce, a clown, face painting, music, and complimentary food and beverages. The event also promotes education and awareness about people with developmental disabilities who live and work within the community. Every Step Counts will assemble hundreds of walkers, bikers, and runners at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland, with a goal to raise over $150,000.

About Bello Machre
Bello Machre, founded in 1972, means Home of My Heart in Gaelic and is pronounced: Bĕllō Mah-cree. It is a non-profit organization in Anne Arundel Country, Maryland that provides homes and support to children, teens, adults, and seniors with developmental disabilities. Its mission is to enrich the lives of those served through loving care, guidance, and opportunity so that they can live life to its fullest. Many of the people served live in its 57 community homes located throughout Central Maryland. Bello Machre’s Meaningful Day Program provides individualized day services including supported employment; job development and training; and, community based social, recreational, and educational opportunities. The goal is that each person we support be engaged in all aspects of community life. Also providing help and support to hundreds of children and adults in their own homes, the Hertha and Jesse Adams Ray of Hope Program offers assistance with expenses such as specialized summer camp, physical therapy and adaptive equipment. Trained and caring staff also provides residential respite care, during family hospitalizations, emergencies, and vacations—24-hours a day – seven days a week. Bello Machre is there to help with whatever is needed, empowering people with developmental disabilities to live life to its fullest.