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Push to Walk Celebrates Ten Years of Dedicated Service

CONTACT: STEPHANIE LAJAM
PHONE: (201) 644-7567
EMAIL: slajam@pushtowalknj.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 11, 2017

Push to Walk Celebrates Ten Years of Dedicated Service

 Oakland, NJ – Push to Walk, a local nonprofit that provides individualized workouts and resources to people with spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis, will celebrate ten years of service in January of 2017.

Sunday, January 15, 2017 marks ten years since Push to Walk opened its doors to the paralysis community. When Darren Templeton sustained a spinal cord injury he completed traditional therapy, but wanted to continue to work on making progress. Local gyms rarely offer the accessibility necessary for an individual who uses a wheelchair to have unassisted access to all equipment. The only place the Templeton family found that provided one-on-one personal training for specialized populations was on the West coast. Determined to develop a place on the East coast, they opened Push to Walk in 2007.

In the nonprofit’s ten years, it has called three separate locations home. Outgrowing its first space in Bloomingdale after only eighteen months, it spent the better half of the last decade in Riverdale, New Jersey. Push to Walk began serving the spinal cord injury population and has since grown to serve those with multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injuries, cerebral palsy, and other forms of paralysis. Push to Walk moved to Oakland in October 2016 and expects even further growth in this larger, more functional 7,435 square foot gym space.

“Push to Walk has had an amazing journey during its first ten years of service for its clients. While our history is important to us, we have our sights set firmly on the future for Push to Walk. We are committed to improving services for our current clients and we are determined on reaching and serving even more people who need us over the next ten years and beyond,” Executive Director, David Font.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Lajam at (201) 644-7567 or slajam@pushtowalknj.org. Donation opportunities are available on the Push to Walk website www.pushtowalknj.org.

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About Push to Walk
Founded in 2007, Push to Walk is an organization that provides individualized workouts and resources to people with spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis to optimize current quality of life and to prepare for future medical advancements. It is the only program of its kind in the New York- New Jersey area. Push to Walk’s rigorous one-on-one workout approach challenges clients to reach their personal goals and achieve maximum independence, leading to greater success and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. A 501(C)3 non-profit, Push to Walk is located in Oakland, New Jersey. Visit www.pushtowalknj.org to learn more.

Push to Walk Names Dave Font as Executive Director

CONTACT: KATE WOLFE
PHONE: (201) 644-7567
EMAIL: kwolfe@pushtowalknj.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 6, 2016

Push to Walk Names Dave Font as Executive Director

 Oakland, NJ – Push to Walk, a local nonprofit, today announced the appointment of Dave Font as Executive Director. Mr. Font will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization including the areas of outreach, programs, and fundraising for Push to Walk.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the Push to Walk family, especially at such an exciting time in its history,” said Font, referencing the recent move of Push to Walk from Riverdale, NJ to Oakland, NJ. “I was initially drawn to Push to Walk by the amazing work they do for their clients. Push to Walk has the perfect combination of mission-driven focus and dedicated staff, and I am excited to be a part of its future development as it looks to better serve its clients.”

The appointment of David Font comes as Founder and President Cynthia Templeton steps down from her full-time responsibilities on December 31, 2016. Mrs. Templeton founded Push to Walk along with her family in 2007 and grew the organization to its current level of success. “Replacing Cynthia will be no easy task, but I have nothing but the utmost respect for the organization she, her family, and the staff have built. I look forward to the opportunity to continue the legacy of Push to Walk in serving its clients and other individuals who may need us,” said Font.

Mr. Font comes to Push to Walk with a long history in nonprofit management. He spent seventeen years with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest New Jersey, progressing through positions of increasing responsibility ultimately overseeing the day-to-day operations of the largest unit in the multi-million-dollar nonprofit organization. Mr. Font brings to Push to Walk experience in nonprofit administration, operations, grant writing, resource development, community outreach, and leadership development.

David received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with a certificate in Secondary Education from William Paterson University in August 2002. He also received a Master of Human Resource Development degree from Clemson University in August 2008 and a Master of Public Administration degree from Rutgers-Newark in May 2016.

For more information, please contact Dave Font at (201) 644-7567 or dfont@pushtowalknj.org. Donation opportunities are available on the Push to Walk website www.pushtowalknj.org.

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About Push to Walk
Founded in 2007, Push to Walk is an organization that provides individualized workouts and resources to people with spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis to optimize current quality of life and to prepare for future medical advancements. It is the only program of its kind in the New York- New Jersey area. Push to Walk’s rigorous one-on-one workout approach challenges clients to reach their personal goals and achieve maximum independence, leading to greater success and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. A 501(C)3 non-profit, Push to Walk is located in Oakland, New Jersey. Visit www.pushtowalknj.org to learn more.

Push to Walk’s Oakland Grand Opening

CONTACT: KATE WOLFE
PHONE: (201) 644-7567
EMAIL: kwolfe@pushtowalknj.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 22, 2016

Push to Walk's Oakland Grand Opening

 Oakland, NJ – Push to Walk, a non-profit organization that provides individualized workouts and resources to people with spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis, is excited to welcome supporters and local community to its new home in Oakland, NJ during its Grand Opening event.

On Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from 4:30-7:30 pm Push to Walk will host a Grand Opening event sponsored by the Oakland Community of Commerce at 100 Bauer Drive, Oakland, NJ 07436. The event will include a ribbon cutting at 5:30 pm, refreshments, and the opportunity to observe client workouts from 4:30-5:30 pm. All are welcome to join for this celebratory event.

Push to Walk spent the better part of the last decade in Riverdale, New Jersey and anticipates further growth in its new location. This is a larger, more functional gym space which will have a greater impact on Push to Walk’s clients, helping them gain independence and maximize health and well-being. The 7,435 square foot gym includes bigger contiguous gym floor space to accommodate more clients and equipment, and a longer “overground” walking area for clients to use during workouts.

“Every day we witness the dedication and hard work put in by our clients and staff, our Grand Opening is the perfect opportunity to share why we are proud Push to Walk and all it has accomplished since January 2007,” said Cynthia Templeton, President of Push to Walk.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kate Wolfe at (201) 644-7567 or kwolfe@pushtowalknj.org.

Push to Walk website: www.pushtowalknj.org. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Kate Wolfe at (201) 644-7567 or kwolfe@pushtowalknj.org.

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About Push to Walk
Founded in 2007, Push to Walk is an organization that provides individualized workouts and resources to people with spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis to optimize current quality of life and to prepare for future medical advancements. It is the only program of its kind in the New York- New Jersey area. Push to Walk’s rigorous one-on-one workout approach challenges clients to reach their personal goals and achieve maximum independence, leading to greater success and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. A 501(C)3 non-profit, Push to Walk is located in Oakland, New Jersey. Visit www.pushtowalknj.org to learn more.

9th Annual Push to Walk Golf Outing to be held September 19th

CONTACT: STEPHANIE LAJAM
PHONE: (862) 200-5848
EMAIL: slajam@pushtowalknj.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 30,2016

9th Annual Push to Walk Golf Outing to be held September 19th

 Riverdale, NJ – Push to Walk, a non-profit organization that provides individualized workouts and resources to people with spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis, is proud to present its 9th Annual Charity Golf Outing.

Monday, September 19, 2016 Push to Walk will host its 9th Annual Charity Golf Outing honoring Route 23 Auto Mall, at The Knoll West Country Club, Knoll & Greenbank Road, Parsippany, NJ. The outing begins with registration and lunch at 11 a.m.  The price of $225 includes all greens fees, lunch, dinner and prizes.  Price increases to $250 after September 4th.  Non-golfers and guests are welcome to purchase cocktail hour and dinner banquet tickets for $100 per person.  The dinner will include a special silent and live auction in addition to an assortment of golfing prizes.  All registrations will be handled on a first come first served basis with payment.  The deadline to register is September 12, 2016.  Golfers may register online by clicking on the event banner at www.pushtowalknj.org or call/e-mail for a printed flyer.

For the past eight years, Push to Walk has attracted individuals and businesses to its events by offering an exceptional day of golf, dinner and socializing. Push to Walk appreciates its supporters and recognizes that the nonprofit would not be where it is today if it were not for the loyal attendees. During this year’s outing, the organization will honor Route 23 Auto Mall, a longtime supporter and advocate of Push to Walk and its clients.

“If you don’t play golf, you can join us for dinner, become a sponsor or make a contribution of cash or prizes for the auction.  All contributions are greatly appreciated and will be listed on our Donor Recognition Board,” said Cynthia Templeton, President of Push to Walk.

Push to Walk relies on fundraising events to cover a portion of operating costs. “Our annual charity golf outing is our largest and most valuable event, raising us the funds to help cover operating costs, purchase new equipment, and create scholarship opportunities for clients in need,” explains Cynthia.

Online registration and donation opportunities are available on the Push to Walk website: www.pushtowalknj.org. For more information, please contact Stephanie Lajam at (862) 200-5848 or slajam@pushtowalknj.org.

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About Push to Walk
Founded in 2007, Push to Walk is an organization that provides individualized workouts and resources to people with spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis to optimize current quality of life and to prepare for future medical advancements. It is the only program of its kind in the New York- New Jersey area. Push to Walk’s rigorous one-on-one workout approach challenges clients to reach their personal goals and achieve maximum independence, leading to greater success and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. A 501(C)3 non-profit, Push to Walk is located in Riverdale, New Jersey. Visit www.pushtowalknj.org to learn more.

Push to Walk Names Stephanie Lajam as Operations Director

CONTACT: Kate Wolfe
PHONE: (862) 200-5848
EMAIL: kwolfe@pushtowalknj.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 18, 2016

Push to Walk Names Stephanie Lajam as Operations Director

Riverdale, NJ- Push to Walk, a local nonprofit, today announced the appointment of Stephanie Lajam as Operations Director.  Ms. Lajam will be responsible for overseeing all fiscal and office operations, including communications, marketing and outreach programs, supervising the administrative staff and supporting Human Resources.

“Stephanie is a valued and dedicated employee of Push to Walk and an integral part of our management team.  Her knowledge of the organization and relationships with all of our stakeholders, especially the clients, all contributed to her earning this promotion. I am excited for what the future holds for Stephanie with her increased responsibilities says Push to Walk Founder Cynthia Templeton

Ms. Lajam began her career at Push to Walk as an intern in the summer of 2009, interviewing clients and creating client bio’s for the website and continued to volunteer when she was home from school. In 2010 she joined Push to Walk as the Fundraising and Special Events assistant, working part time focusing on fine tuning a donor database and fundraising.  By 2012 she was promoted to Communications and Special Events Coordinator and working full time. Her contributions to Push to Walk continued to grow as she became the Executive Communications Director in September 2014.

Stephanie received her Bachelors Degree in communications from the College of New Jersey in May 2010, and her Master of Public Administration, with a concentration in nonprofit management from Rutgers Newark in May 2016.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Lajam at (862) 200-5848 or slajam@pushtowalknj.org. Donation opportunities are available on the Push to Walk website: www.pushtowalknj.org

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About Push to Walk
Founded in 2007, Push to Walk is an organization that provides individualized workouts and resources to people with spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis to optimize current quality of life and to prepare for future medical advancements.  It is the only program of its kind in the New York- New Jersey area.  Push to Walk’s rigorous one-on-one workout approach challenges clients to reach their personal goals and achieve maximum independence, leading to greater success and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. Push to Walk is only able to cover about 65% of its operating costs through client fees, and relies on grants and fundraising events to help make up the difference. A 501(C)3 non-profit, Push to Walk is located in Riverdale, New Jersey. Visit www.pushtowalknj.org to learn more

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