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2021 Virtual Walk Update

Our 12th annual Walk for Independence was held Sunday, October 2nd 2021. Stay tuned for the update!

2020 Walk Updates

Walk Thank You

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Virtual Walk 2020 Intro

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Art of Strength

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Welcome to our Virtual Walk

For the safety of our clients and all of you in our Project Independence Family, we are taking our Walk for Independence online this year. In the days leading up to September 12th, we will continue to post photos, videos and updates on how all of you are celebrating Project Independence including how individuals are counting their steps, best shout outs to PI, and, of course, best costumes. Keep coming back to our website for the fun updates and don’t forget to register here. Your $25 registration fee goes directly into our mission of serving adults with developmental disabilities. We will also send you our custom Project Independence Walk buff to where proudly and let people know that you support those who need us most. THANK YOU!


Fundraiser enables organization to build a community one step at a time Costa Mesa, California, June 12, 2020 – This year, out of an abundance of caution because of the COVID-19 pandemic, nonprofit Project Independence of Costa Mesa is taking the 11th edition of its Annual Walk for Independence online as a virtual fundraising event. The virtual Walk celebration begins now and culminates September 12, 2020. The event will feature short inspirational videos, interactive workout sessions, special guests, easy ways to give online, a virtual auction and more. “Protecting the health and safety of the people with developmental disabilities served by Project Independence is our primary goal,” said Project Independence CEO and President Debra Marsteller. “Consequently, this year we’re going online to celebrate our independent living, work and day programs and confidence-building activities through fun with our Access 2 Adventure Program when we can safely start them back up.” Project Independence has a 40-year history of service and stability in Orange County as a lifeline to adults with developmental disabilities who are now at even greatest risk because of the pandemic. The essential workers who comprise the Project Independence staff continue to serve clients despite challenges brought on by COVID-19. Sponsorships for the virtual walk are still available at $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500 levels with commensurate benefits for marketing and publicity exposure that will be rolled out over the next few months leading up to the event. To become a 2020 Walk sponsor, and to donate items to the auction, please contact Director of Development Todd Eckert at Todd@Proindependence.org or 714-549-3464. Current sponsors include One Metro West, Home Depot, Bridgford Foods, Mitsubishi Electric, Union Bank, Advanced Dental, Serv-Wel Disposal and Recycling, Virtual Office Solution and Honest-1 Auto Service. The media sponsor is the Los Angeles Times/Daily Pilot. Conducting the workout sessions will be Art of Strength Fitness of Irvine. Annually, more than 300 people participate in the annual event. All registrants will receive custom facemasks. Eighty-seven cents of every dollar raised by Project Independence goes directly to support vital programs for people with developmental disabilities. For additional information, please visit www.proindependence.org ###  


Photo Competition Instructions (Open to all who register)

Don’t miss out on your chance to win your very own Winner’s Certificate and a $50 Target Gift Card.  Email all submissions to todd@proindependence.org Winners announced during Facebook livestream September 12 from 10:00-11:00 am


  • Send your photo with time/steps walked


  • Send photo with your team name and the names of your team members


  • Make sure that your supporters donate in your name both online or with their mailed check. Closes midnight September 11th.
  • Win $100 Amazon card in this category!


  • Let your imagination run wild and send us a photo with you in your costume.


  • Give us your best shout out to Project Independence in a photo. Make sure to wear your PI Shirt and/or mask. Take you picture in a box, with a fox, or with green eggs and ham. Go wild!

Archived Walk Videos

Walk 2018

Walk 2017

Walk 2014

Walk 2012

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