Woods Services, a nonprofit organization that provides care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, and emotional/behavioral challenges, has a fun morning planned on Sunday, May 7, 2023, for runners, walkers, and rollers of all abilities participating in the 2023 Run for Woods 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run presented by Faulkner-Ciocca Dealerships. The festivities, which include an appearance by a Philadelphia sports team’s fan-favorite mascot, kick off with an opening ceremony at 8:45 a.m., followed by the 5K at 9:00 a.m., and the 1-Mile Fun Run at 9:10 a.m. Participants meet at 10 Meadowood Drive in Langhorne, and run, roll, and stroll through the scenic trails at Woods Services. The registration fee is $45 and participants can register at RunForWoods.org. This is the ninth year for the event. New this year is the Sunday date; Run for Woods has previously been held on Saturday.
During the opening ceremony, Woods President and CEO Tine Hansen-Turton will honor a Bucks County police officer who has had a significant impact on improving the quality of life for people with disabilities and challenges.
“We are immensely grateful to our sponsors, team leaders, runners, rollers, walkers, Bucks County neighbors, and our Woods families and friends for their outpouring of support for the 9th annual Run for Woods,” Hansen-Turton said. “Their participation helps Woods Services provide exceptional educational, vocational, and recreational opportunities that enrich lives and increase independence. We are also pleased to honor a Bucks County community member and recognize the positive impact they are making in the lives of the children, adolescents, and adults Woods serves.”
Run for Woods has already raised $235,000 of its $250,000 goal from 53 sponsors in Bucks County and the Greater Philadelphia community, more than a dozen race fundraising teams, and individual participants. Funds will support Woods Services in its mission to provide innovative, comprehensive, and integrated healthcare, education, housing, vocational, behavioral health, and case management services to children, adolescents, and adults who have intellectual and developmental disability and mental health challenges who have complex and intensive medical and behavioral healthcare needs.
Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in each age category. With the $45 registration fee, all participants will receive an official race t-shirt, race medal, and will have an opportunity to enjoy other event amenities including Rita’s Water Ice. Participants, community members and businesses are also invited to underwrite participation for a Woods resident and their support staff member with a donation of $90. They are encouraged to share photos and videos with the Woods community and family and friends using #RunForWoods on social media. For more information, visit RunForWoods.org, where you can also view a Run for Woods video.
Woods Services thanks presenting sponsor Faulkner-Ciocca Dealerships, and a long list of 2023 Woods Services Run for Woods sponsors, including:
The 2023 Run for Woods Gold Sponsors
Ally; Ethos Group; Homestead Smart Health Plans; Johnson, Kendall & Johnson; M&T Bank; Ocugen; Parx Casino; Synergy Pharmacy Services; TD Bank
The 2023 Run for Woods Silver Sponsors
Conner Strong & Buckelew; Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller; Barry & Michelle Sharer; Subaru of America
The 2023 Run for Woods Nature Trail Sponsor
McBrick Building Group
The 2023 Run for Woods Bronze Sponsors
A&K Industrial Corp.; Alice DeVoe & John Szabo; Allies, Inc.; Angelo’s Carpet One; Autotrader; Capital Health; CARFAX; CDK Global; ECI Comfort; Enterprise Rent-a-Car; Experian; The First National Bank & Trust Co. of Newtown; Hyundai; Legacy Treatment Services; PFM Asset Management; Razor Technology; Ricciardi Brothers/Benjamin Moore; Rob’s Automotive & Collision Center; Tabor Children’s Services; Top to Bottom Home Improvements, LLC; Zimmerman Auto Body.
Accurate Building Services; Archway Programs; Ardex Labs; Bayada Home Health Care; Bob’s Discount Furniture; Boyle Construction; Brian’s House; Cars.com; Crown Holdings, Inc.; Fenningham Dempster & Coval, LLP; Margolis Edelstein; Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin; Petro Home Services; Ridge Policy Group; Roscommon International
About Woods Services
Woods Services is a nonprofit organization that supports children, adolescents, and adults with complex medical and behavioral health care needs, including intellectual and developmental disabilities, to achieve their highest potential and independence through innovative and individualized approaches that promote learning and personal fulfillment. Woods’ vision is a world where individuals have opportunities and supports that promote self-determination, dignity, respect, the joy of achievement, and a fulfilling life. Woods achieves this vision by providing comprehensive and integrated healthcare, education, housing, vocational, behavioral health, and case management services, along with a population health management strategy that includes the integration of primary and specialty medical care with behavioral health. More than 600 individuals from 23 states and 175 school districts are supported by Woods and its 1,500 staff at its Langhorne, Pennsylvania headquarters.
To ensure lifelong care and supports for the individuals its serves, Woods created the Woods System of Care – a network of affiliate organizations located in Pennsylvania and New Jersey that includes Abilities of Northwest Jersey; Allies, Inc.; Archway Programs; Legacy Treatment Services; Tabor Services; and Woods Community at Brian’s House. Through this collaboration, the Woods System of Care provides lifelong care and supports to individuals in the intellectual and developmental disability and mental health public health sectors who have complex medical and behavioral health care needs.
Founded in 1913 by Philadelphia schoolteacher Mollie Woods to advance the quality of life and standard of care for individuals with disabilities, Woods continues this mission today. For more information, visit woods.org.