Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Celebs and Cheer NY Rally for a Cause

It's one of the most uplifting event that Cheer New York does every year, and this year, it proved to be a favorite again on Saturday, May 31.

At the Central Park Challenge 3K Walk for the YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities, CNY pumped up the hundreds of walkers who participated in the star-studded fundraiser with dazzling cheers and partner stunts. (from the left: Raymund, Felipe, Tonika, David Eigenberg, Kelsey & Wil)

Local news anchor Bill Ritter, Miss USA Crystle Stewart, Miss Teen USA Hilary Cruz, and "Sex and the City
" star David Eigenberg (who plays Steve, husband of Miranda) got the crowd going with their emotional speeches and support for children and adults with disabilities and their families. Raised funds of the event neared $1.3 million.

The walk was a close-knit family atmosphere (pictured here, Wil comforts a young walker with a hug), with many teams sporting T-shirts named for certain loved ones, like "Jo-Jo's Joggers" and "Katie's Fan Club." Strollers were a familiar sight, as well as dogs and a certain candy-striped banjo-player, who serenaded the walkers. CNY raised their spirits with encouragements as they crossed towards the finish line.

After the walk, the event featured a Motown cover band that revved up the audience as well as the CNY team to dance and party along to such classics as "Stop! In the Name of Love" (with white gloves!) and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." It was certainly a "day of hope" and fun! -- one that CNY will remember always.

A special thanks to the YAI photographer Eric Cooper who provided these amazing pictures!! Check out more of his work at www.bigshotcoop.com. For more information about YAI visit www.yai.org -Raymund F.

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At 2:20 PM, Anonymous Scott W said...

What has Will done with that child's head? LOL!


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