Date: May 29, 2013

Contact: Tracy Lynott – Director, Development
443.702.3016 email:

Join the Fun – Join the Celebration
Every Step Counts 2013

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MARYLAND: Bello Machre’s Every Step Counts is fast approaching – Saturday, June 8, 2013 at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland. Join the celebration to support over 300 people with developmental disabilities. Don’t miss this great event – come see the 811 – Call Before You Dig motorcycle, constructed by Paul Teutel on Discovery Channel’s American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior and Jennifer Myers, who has the distinct honor of representing Maryland as America’s Miss Maryland 2013. The event begins at 9:00 am and concludes at 12:00 noon. Enjoy the fun festivities including a moon bounce, Lulu the Clown, live music, children’s games and prizes, raffles, great food – all while supporting the folks Bello Machre serves. Dr. Robert T. Ireland, President and CEO, stated, “This very unique event gets bigger and bigger every year. I love to see all our friends and supports coming out for Every Step Counts.”

The Presenting Sponsor – Dimensional Health Care Associates – donated $10,000 for Every Step Counts 2013. Dimensional Health Care Associates (DHCA) of Owings Mills, Maryland provides nurse case management and delegated nursing services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Another major sponsor, Corporate Brokers of Annapolis, Maryland donated $7,500 and has a team of over 30 walkers coming out to support Bello Machre. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this great event.

Get involved today – register to walk at click on the events page – Every Step Counts. There is no registration fee, but ask that a $25.00 donation be made to support people with developmental disabilities served by Bello Machre. The event also promotes education and awareness about people with developmental disabilities who live and work within the community. Every Step Counts will assemble over 350 walkers and bikers at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland, with a goal to raise over $125,000. Ireland commented, “We want Every Step Counts to be a truly big event – a big event in the hearts and homes of people who depend upon Bello Machre.”

Volunteers needed for set up, route support, food service, greeters, parking, and clean up. Please contact Evette Watson @ 443-702-3064 or Volunteers receive complimentary food and t-shirt.

Participate – each walker and biker will get people to sponsor their Every Step. Participants raise money by having friends, family, and business associates sponsor them to walk or ride. Registration starts at 8:30 am and the walk / bike begins at 9:00 am at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland. The entire event will wrap up by 12:00 noon. For more information – visit the Bello Machre website or call or email Katie Gusa 443-702-3024 /

Bello Machre, founded in 1972, means Home of My Heart in Gaelic. 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 53 community homes located throughout Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Bello Machre also provides help and support to hundreds of children and adults in their own homes. The 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.