Easterseals Southern California Raises $170,000 at 23rd Annual ‘Strides for Disability’

Easterseals Southern California Raises $170,000 at 23rd Annual ‘Strides for Disability’

On October 21, 2023, Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) celebrated its 23rd annual Strides for Disability 5K run and 3K family fun walk. More than 1,000 people came out to support ESSC in beautiful Long Beach.

Before the race began, guests had the opportunity to visit more than 20 vendor booths to play games, win prizes, gather resources, and collect some free swag. Attendees also enjoyed entertainment by comedian and ESSC Board Member Nic Novicki with performances by The Long Beach Beauties & the Beast and the Straight Up Abilities All Star Dance Team.

This year, 60 teams participated; the top fundraising teams included Amway Nutrilite DreamMakers, The Morris Clan, CVS Division 7, and Easterseals Norwalkers. Longtime corporate sponsor Acclara even surprised attendees with an additional $10,000 donation on stage!

Thanks to our sponsors, partners, team captains and walkers, Strides raised $170,000, which will directly support our programs and participants while furthering disability inclusion in our community.

“This year was the most successful Strides for Disability to date, and it’s all because of the incredible community that surrounds us here at Easterseals Southern California,” said Nancy Weintraub, Chief Advancement Officer. “This year’s success speaks volumes about the important work we are doing as we lead the way to full equity, inclusion and access through life-changing disability and community services. To all of our supporters, thank you for partnering with Easterseals to make this the best Strides yet!”

Save the date for next year’s Strides for Disability on October 19, 2024.

Thank you to our Strides for Disability sponsors who made this event possible:


  • AAA
  • Acclara
  • Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions
  • Amway North America
  • Mark Bertrand


  • American Business Bank
  • American Career College
  • Bernards
  • Mercer
  • West Coast University


  • Assure Assist, Inc.
  • Fraternal Order of the Police
  • JLC Associates
  • T-Mobile
  • United Healthcare


  • California Telecom
  • JR Resources

About the Author:

Kelly Lapadula is the Digital Marketing Manager for Easterseals Southern California. In this role, she enjoys sharing stories that connect Easterseals' services with their local communities. While Kelly joined the Easterseals SoCal team in 2022, her history with the non-profit began in 2013, when she interned at the National office in Chicago. Kelly is thrilled to be back, working to increase awareness of the disability services Easterseals provides throughout Southern California.

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