SafeSun run, drive-thru disabilities bash, JARC back to work

Sun run in park: This year’s ninth annual Run From the Rays 5K Run/Walk has the go-ahead to socially distance in person on April 25 at Countess de Hoernle Park/Spanish River Athletic Facility, according to SafeSun Foundation’s Fran Nachlas.

Register by April 24 to take part in this fundraiser or a trilogy. The 10th annual Run for the Ribbons is Aug. 29 and benefits Lynn Cancer Institute in Boca Raton. The Devil Dog 5K was in September last year as individual runs and benefited wounded veterans. No date set yet. Here’s the link to all three:

SafeSun Foundation is dedicated to the prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment of malignant melanoma and other life-threatening forms of cancer of the skin.

Disabilities bash still on: The 13th annual Boating & Beach Bash for People With Disabilities has a new format and logo this year.

The free, one-day event for people with seen and unseen disabilities will be a drive-through noon to 2 p.m. May 1. The venue also moves to the more car-friendly Countess de Hoernle Park/Spanish River Athletic Facility.

Renamed Beep Beep Bash this year, the event will include entertainment, pre-packaged food giveaways and swag bags filled with gifts. Guests will be asked to wear a mask and remain inside their vehicle. Here’s the link and contacts:; 561-715-2622 or email at

“So much has changed since our last Bash in March 2020, when we were fortunate enough to have our outdoor festival before the pandemic quarantines measures were enacted,” American Disabilities Foundation managing director Liz Schmidt said in the announcement. Schmidt was installed in March, following the July 2020 passing of founding executive director Jay Van Vechten.

JARC clients return to work: Four JARC clients reported to work at Valley Forge Fabrics in Fort Lauderdale every Wednesday, the non-profit reported.

One client was also hired to work full-time as part of the company’s partnership with JARC’s Community Works Program. The program provides vocational skills training and on-site coaching to JARC clients after they graduate from JARC Adult Development Training.

The pandemic has negatively affected the job market for those with disabilities. “This is a critical part of our clients’ daily routines. Their employment is essential to their daily life and sense of self-worth,” according to Nancy Freiwald, director of Program Services for JARC FL.

JARC Florida, a non-sectarian organization based in Boca Raton, provides group homes, apartments, and vocational training for adults with developmental disabilities. JARC operates 10 group homes in the Boca Raton and Delray Beach area for adults with developmental disabilities who do not require 24-hour supervision, as well as vocational training in the Mel & Elaine Stein Living and Learning Center.

Cover image by Carlos Aristizabal



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