, Gloucester, MA

April 25, 2013

Editorial: Benefit Stride a source of pride

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — In many cities and towns around the country, dozens of nonprofits often host their own walk-a-thons, fun runs and other such events — all with a goal of raising their own dollars, and all often running right into each other, competing for dates and attention.

Thankfully, that’s not the case for many of Gloucester’s and Cape Ann’s service agencies and other nonprofit groups, from The Open Door and Cape Ann Animal Aid to PTOs from each of Gloucester’s elementary schools and the First R Foundation adult-to-school reading program.

Indeed, as many as two dozen organizations from Gloucester and across Cape Ann will all be part of the same major walk-a-thon this Sunday, when of our area’s truly great events — Pride Stride — steps off for the 26th time.

One of the best examples of the old adage that there is, in fact, strength in numbers, Pride Stride has raised more than $1 million over the years, a tribute not just to the organizations who pull together their teams to take part, but to the organizers of Pride Stride itself — people like Dani and David Stitzer and Dennis Acker, who have worked tirelessly to not only keep this unique community event alive, but to keep it thriving while showcasing the many organizations that need and deserve our support.

This year’s Pride Stride, once again based at Stage Fort Park, kicks off with registration Sunday morning at 10:30, continues with the walks between roughly noon and 3, and then, as usual, will culminate in a Stage Fort cookout and party, with food and music.

That is, after all, a fitting finish to a community benefit that is well worth celebrating — and a true source of community pride. Here’s hoping this year’s Pride Stride proves bigger and better than ever.