McKinley CEO Albert M. Berriz and Kate Durak, Executive Director of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)’s Metro Detroit and Southeast Michigan Chapter, jointly announced that McKinley will be the Presenting Sponsor for 2014 Ann Arbor JDRF Walk. In addition to the financial commitment, Berriz volunteered to be the 2014 Ann Arbor Walk Corporate Fundraising Chair. Meredith Mitchell, McKinley's Corporate Wellness Director, will also lead walk teams at JDRF walk events in the various McKinley communities throughout its nationwide real estate platform.
"We have a long-term relationship with JDRF and we are excited to expand our partnership with Kate and her marvelous team,” Berriz said. “At McKinley, we are committed to having a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). Many of our McKinley family members and their loved ones battle T1D every day, and we are here to say that we are committed to be a part of the solution that is turning type 1 into type none."
The Ann Arbor/Dexter Walk to Cure Diabetes is a 5k fun walk that will take place along the trails of Hudson Mills Metro Park at 8:30 a.m. on September 28, 2014. In addition to corporate sponsorships, considerable funds are raised through individual and team walkers obtaining donations from family, friends and co-workers. This year’s fundraising goal has been set at $750,000. McKinley launched the 2014 Ann Arbor Walk effort with a $25,000 corporate gift and a commitment to organize a huge walk team.