Randolph, Mass. – Ten runners, a number of fishing enthusiasts, and many generous supporters of May Institute helped the organization raise over $25,000 for programs and services that benefit individuals with special needs, many of whom live or receive services on Cape Cod and in Southeastern Massachusetts, by participating in two very special events this past summer: the Charter Cup Fishing Tournament and the Falmouth Road Race.
May Institute provides services across the lifespan for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurological disorders, as well as other special needs at more than 140 locations across the country.
“Our organization has deep roots on the Cape,” said Thomas Stanton, Senior Vice President of May Institute’s May Center for Adult Services for Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts. “We opened our first school for children with autism in Chatham in 1955. Through the years, the Cape community has always strongly supported us. That was especially true this past summer for the Charter Cup Fishing Tournament and the Falmouth Road Race.”
Charter Cup Fishing Tournament
May Institute was proud to be chosen as a beneficiary of the 6th Annual Charter Cup Fishing Tournament presented by E.J. Jaxtimer of E.J. Jaxtimer Builder, Inc., and Sam Baxter of Baxter’s Boathouse and Fish & Chips on Cape Cod. The tournament raised more than $15,000 to support May programs on the Cape. May Institute’s sponsors for the event were Carl F. Riedell & Son, Inc, and Stray Cat Sportfishing.
“Having our son, Christian, able to participate in the May’s day program here on Cape Cod, as well as residing in a May group home, has meant so much to us these past years,” said Ron Murphy, Captain of the Stray Cat. “We have seen growth in his life skill abilities leading to a greater sense of self-esteem. It is an honor that I am able to contribute to the May through my business’ participation in the Charter Cup Tournament.”
Falmouth Road Race
By participating in the 50th Annual Falmouth Road Race, 10 “Team May” runners raised more than $10,000 to support the organization’s programs, including in Southeastern Massachusetts and on Cape Cod. They signed up sponsors for their seven-mile runs who helped them surpass May’s fundraising goal for the event. Several of the runners heard about the race from the Cape Cod Running Club, and three runners were May Institute employees.
“Growing up with family members impacted by autism spectrum disorder, I understand the impact that educational and therapeutic services have on individuals with developmental disabilities and their families,” said Alexa Levitt. “I am amazed by the work May Institute does every day to help people, and it was an honor to raise money and run the Falmouth Road Race in support!”
About May Institute
May Institute is a nonprofit organization that is a national leader in the field of applied behavior analysis, serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders, and other special needs. Founded more than 65 years ago, we provide a wide range of exceptional educational and rehabilitative services across the lifespan. For more information, call 800.778.7601 or visit www.mayinstitute.org.