We are happy to announce that our 10th Annual Race,
5K Forward: Fast Track to Empowerment  in Central Park raised over $100,000!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 10th annual race, 5K Forward: Fast Track to Empowerment! Hundreds of sponsors, racers, participants, and their families joined together at Central Park on July 9, 2022, to help provide critical educational, employment, and community support services to people with autism and developmental disabilities. Because of their support, our Central Park Fun Run raised over $100,000. Whether you supported the race by running, walking, rolling, sponsoring, fundraising, or simply spreading the word, you were an important part of our race and the success that it was. We want to congratulate everyone who participated in the race, especially our top racers.


1st Place – Male – Bradley Paternostro
1st Place – Female – Izzy Villalba

2nd Place – Male –  Danny Gallegos
2nd Place – Female – Hannah Collins

3rd Place – Male – Kieran Fink
3rd Place – Female – Susan Lin

Top Fundraising Team – Team Sammy

Funds raised through events like 5K Forward help Birch Family Services deliver the excellence and expertise that the people we support and their families expect from Birch staff at our schools, residences, day services, and employment programs each and every day. Thank you for being a part of our effort to provide children, adolescents, and adults with autism and developmental disabilities the opportunities to reach their fullest potential.

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Check out all of our race photos here!

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