May Institute Supporters Raise More than $193,000 for Critical Children’s Services


Randolph, Mass. — Thanks to the combined efforts of its friends, families and supporters, employees, Board of Trustee members, business partners, and corporate sponsors, May Institute raised more than $193,000 to help meet the needs of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), brain injury, and other special needs through its participation in the 2010 Rodman Ride for Kids.

May Institute – a provider of educational, rehabilitation, and behavioral healthcare services for children and adults – was selected as an “affiliated agency” by the Rodman organization, an umbrella matching gift charity. This was the Institute’s fourth year of participation in the Rodman Ride.

During the Ride, 69 riders from 20 May Institute teams pedaled a combined total of 2,800 miles to raise funds for its children’s programs in Massachusetts. To help support the effort, May staff members from a variety of programs formed teams that conducted letter-writing campaigns to friends, neighbors, and families. They also held fundraising events such as a softball tournament, tag sales, a clam boil, bingo night, and an arts and summer “carnival” to engage the community and showcase the talents of their students.

With strong support from corporate sponsors including Stephen H. Peck & Associates/UBS, Fabiani & Company, Merrill Lynch, Todson, Inc., and Telamon Insurance & Financial Network, the Institute brought in more than $193,000, exceeding the previous year’s fundraising total by more than $20,000. This 2010 total includes $17,500 from the Ride for Kids organization – a 10 percent match for every dollar raised because May Institute exceeded its $175,000 goal.

“One hundred percent of these funds will directly benefit thousands of children in Massachusetts who receive services from May Institute,” said Heidi Howard, M.P.A., Chief of Business Development. “We are extremely grateful to the Rodman Ride and all of our supporters for helping us make a difference in the lives of the children we serve.”

Dollars raised through the Rodman Ride will fund a variety of programs, events, and new materials, including:

  • Electronic devices and educational materials to enhance classroom activities at the May Center school in West Springfield that serves students with ASD and other developmental disabilities
  • Outdoor recreational activities, music therapy, and expressive dance programs for May Institute’s brain injury school in Brockton, as well new gym equipment, educational games, and software
  • State-of-the art assessment technology and materials to support the Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic
  • Therapeutic games and materials for clinicians to use with children during therapy sessions at our mental health clinics in Fall River and New Bedford
  • Books on parenting for a resource library at one of our mental health clinics
  • Gym equipment; iPads, software, and supplies to reinforce fine motor skill development, and enhancements to the vocational training program at the May Center school in Woburn that serves students with ASD and other developmental disabilities
  • Technology such as iPads and laptop computers to support children’s skill development through school and home-based consultation programs

About May Institute
May Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, brain injury, mental illness, and other behavioral health needs. Since its founding more than 55 years ago, May Institute has evolved into an award-winning national network that serves thousands of individuals and their families annually. For more information, call 800.778.7601 or visit

About the Rodman Ride
The Rodman Ride for Kids is an umbrella matching gift charity that raises funds for a wide variety of children’s social service agencies across Massachusetts. The Ride for Kids and its affiliated agencies fundraise throughout the year. These efforts culminate each fall with the event itself – a 25-, 50-, or 100-mile non-competitive cycling tour. Since its inception in 1991, the Ride for Kids has raised over $52 million for youth-focused social service agencies in the state.

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