For Immediate Release
August 29, 2017
OTIS Federal Credit Union to Host Inaugural Fall Fun 5K Walk/Run to Benefit Special Olympics of Franklin County
JAY, MAINE – Two local women who are passionate supporters of the Special Olympics have organized the Inaugural Fall Fun 5K Walk/Run of 2017, with 100% of the event’s proceeds to benefit the Special Olympics of Franklin County.
Barbie Richard and Katie Ouellette, both having worked with special needs children in their community, hope to provide more resources for the Special Olympics of Franklin County, and to encourage more community involvement in the annual event by raising awareness. “For the past ten years”, said Ms. Ouellette, “I have witnessed firsthand all of the benefits of the Special Olympics … These games provide an opportunity for people with special needs to feel the joy, the confidence, and the pride that comes along with competing and finishing successfully. It’s not about winning, but doing your best and having fun”. Ms. Ouellette has worked for ten years with students in RSU #73 who participate in the Special Olympics.
Ms. Richard previously worked in the Special Education department at RSU #73, and feels a strong personal connection to the cause. “From having a special needs child of my own”, she said, “…I understand the significance of community participation and the opportunity that comes with these programs … [providing] people with special needs and their families an amazing feeling of pride and accomplishment that they wouldn’t otherwise feel. The reason that I am so passionate about this event is the approaching ten-year anniversary of my [special needs] son’s death, and while the AMVETS Special Olympics Committee is honoring my son’s memory again this year with the 10th Annual Colin Richard Memorial Golf Tournament, I also wanted a way to give back to an organization that has blessed my life and the lives of so many others.”
Miss Richard and Miss Ouellette have set a donation goal of $10,000.
The Inaugural Fall Fun 5K Walk/Run will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017, rain or shine. The race will begin at 9 AM at OTIS Federal Credit Union, and will finish at French Falls. Same-day registration will begin at 8 AM. Registration costs $25, with ages 10 and under being free; Special Olympians wishing to participate will have their entry fees waived. Those who would like to register prior to the race can do so on the “Franklin County Fall 5K Fun Walk/Run” Facebook event page, or may visit https://www.raceentry.com/race-reviews/franklin-county-fall-fun-5k. Paper registration forms are available at OTIS Federal Credit Union; checks should be made payable to the Special Olympics of Franklin County. The Inaugural Fall Fun 5K Walk/Run will be generously sponsored by Coca-Cola.
Please direct all media inquiries to Sarah Hayes at (207) 320-4985 or email SarahH@otisfcu.coop
About Special Olympics Maine
Special Olympics Maine’s mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. In Maine, we serve over 3800 athletes and offer events at the local, state, national and international levels.
Special Olympics Maine’s vision is to transform communities by inspiring people throughout the world to open their minds, accept and include people with intellectual disabilities and thereby anyone who is perceived as different.
Special Olympics Maine’s philosophy is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports. Special Olympics also believes that through millions of individual acts of inclusion where people with and without intellectual disabilities are brought together, long-standing myths are dispelled, negative attitudes changed and new opportunities to embrace and celebrate people with intellectual disabilities are created.
About OTIS Federal Credit Union
OTIS Federal Credit Union was founded in April of 1954 by eleven local mill workers. Pooling their respective deposits of $5 each, they associated themselves as charter members of OTIS under the provision of the Federal Credit Union Act. At a time in America when obtaining a loan was difficult for the average family, the founders of OTIS sought to form a cooperative, independent financial institution operated and controlled solely by its local membership.
Since its inception, OTIS has been committed not only to providing quality financial products and services to its shareholders, but to giving back to the community. Today, OTIS serves more than 10,715 members and holds over $159 million in assets, employing 25 people from Jay and the surrounding communities. The Credit Union is located at 170 Main Street in Jay, Maine. For more information, please visit www.otisfcu.coop or call (207) 897-0900.