The 5th annual Community Cares Walk and Expo was held Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center.
The Clarksville Association for Down Syndrome and the City of Clarksville Parks and Recreation partnered up to host the event together. The event helped raise awareness and provide information about health, wellness, safety and education for the special needs community.
Approximately 400 walkers participated in the one-mile walk around Liberty Pond. Several other activities were scattered around the event center including, pumpkin painting, music, a kids corner, face painting and free food. The silent auction rounded out the event and brought it to a close.
DJ Cricket provided the musical entertainment for the super hero themed event. Several of the Marvel’s Avengers could be spotted interacting with the children as well as the Ghostbusters. Over 50 vendors set up to bring information and fun to the expo.
The Clarksville Association for Down Syndrome (CADS) is a non-profit that has been providing support for local families since 2009. The program receives no governmental funding and relies on events like these to help sustain their programs.
The Community Cares event was designed to help promote Clarksville’s special needs community. Since the start of the event, the program has been able to provide for their Technology for Teachers program, handing out 147 iPads to special education classrooms.
Their ultimate goal is to open a Community Cares Clubhouse that will serve special needs individuals at no cost to them or their families. For more information, visit www.cadstn.org.