PARC holds 15th annual Helen Coughlin Walk


PARC, family centered services for people with developmental disabilities, will be celebrating survivors of every kind at the 15th Annual Helen Coughlin Walk. The walkathon, set for Saturday, Oct. 3 at Norton Park, is one of the largest fund raisers for this nonprofit, which has offered healthy living activities and lifeskills education for more than 50 years.

Organizers said all survivors will be honored for their strength, perseverance, fortitude and joy for life in spite of adversity.

This year’s grand marshal will be 100-year-old William “Al” Johnson, a longtime Plainville resident and cancer survivor. Other honorees include Jane Mecure, co-founder of PARC, and Diane Kraut, who has donated 30-plus years of service to the organization.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m., with opening ceremonies at 10 a.m., followed by the walk. Festivities will include music, a chili cook-off and chance to win gift items while supporting an important cause. Walkers can register for $25 per person and $10 for students. Teams, businesses and individuals are welcome. Those who bring a canned good to benefit the Plainville Community Food Pantry will receive a ticket to enter the gift item giveaway.

Twelve people are welcome to enter their chili for the cook-off which will be featured from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The fee is $10. Walkers will be the taste testers to determine who wins the top chili award.

Sponsorships are also being accepted and signage will be displayed around the track.

For more information about the walk, registering or sponsoring, call Erica Donovan, PARC executive director, (860) 747-0316 or email

To learn more about PARC, visit the website or on Facebook.