Walking on Sunshine Event FAQ’s

When is Walking on Sunshine?

Walking on Sunshine is Sunday, September 27.  The location is Ontario Beach Park at the intersection of Lake and Beach Avenues.  Registration is at 9:30, Opening Ceremony is 10:15 and the Walk begins at 10:30.

How far is the walk?

You can choose to walk the shorter family friendly walk within the confines of Ontario Beach Park (about 15 minutes) or you can take the longer walk that takes you along Beach Avenue and turns down the city sidewalk along Lake Ontario (45 minutes).

Why form a team?

Walking with friends and family makes the event even more fun. Your team can be family, neighbors, co-workers or anyone who wants to support a great cause.    By forming a team you are creating awareness for Mary Cariola Children’s Center and you will be supporting 500 children and youth with complex disabilities.

How do I register?

Go to www.crowdrise.com/WalkingonSunshine2015  


I’m having trouble registering--who can I Contact?

Contact Emily Smith at esmith@marycariola.org or 585-271-2897 ext. 1662.


What if someone does not want to donate on-line?

Offline donations can be made by check and payable to Mary Cariola Children’s Center.  They can be mailed to Mary Cariola Children’s Center, 1000 Elmwood Ave. Suite 100, Rochester, NY 14620 or dropped off the day of the walk at Registration area.

Where do I park?

There is plenty of parking at the Port of Rochester and Abbot’s Custard parking lots.  Look for Walking on Sunshine Parking attendants who will point you in the right direction.

How do I get my t-shirt?

Everyone who raises $25.00 or more will receive a 2015 We Are Sunshine t-shirt.  If you have already raised that amount you can pick up your shirt and drop off your donations at our community tee-shirt pick up events:

Monday, September 21 5:00-8:00 pm at Eastview Mall

at Cross Court near the food court

Thursday, September 23 5:00-8:00 pm at Greece Ridge Mall

between Old Navy and Kirkland’s Home Store





What else is happening at the walk?

There will be plenty to do before and after the walk.  Family friendly activities include face painting, arts and crafts, healthy snacks, live entertainment, tons of sports team mascots, a silent auction, a something for everyone raffle, a vendor fair and a finish line lunch.  You could also win a pair of round trip tickets on Delta airlines as part of our famous Walking on Sunshine Raffle.


Where is the Something for Everyone raffle and how can I buy tickets?

Our raffle tent will be quite visible as you enter Ontario Beach Park.  Our Something for Everyone Raffle tickets cost $10.00 for 25 tickets. and can be purchased with cash, check credit/ debit card. You select the raffle item that you’d like to win and put raffle tickets in each collection receptacle.  There will be gift cards for restaurants, jewelers, bakeries, children’s toys, clothing and tons more up for grabs.

How much are Walking on Sunshine raffle tickets?

Each ticket costs $10.00.  You could win a pair of Delta airline tickets OR a week at a breathtaking cottage on Keuka Lake.  You can purchase tickets online by clicking HERE.  Only 500 tickets will be sold so there is a good chance that none will be available on the day of the walk.

What if it’s raining the day of the walk?

We will walk rain or shine, so plan accordingly and check the weather forecast the morning of the event.

Can I bring my pet to Ontario Beach Park?

Service animals are allowed but pets are not allowed at Ontario Beach Park’s swimming areas, beaches or picnic areas.  In addition, many children have sensitivity to or are fearful of animals.  We want to ensure a safe and welcoming atmosphere for all.

Where do I bring donations on walk day?

Bring all of your donations to the Registration Area and we’ll take it from there!

Where do my donations go?

Mary Cariola works very hard to make the most of every donation.  Funds raised from this event will help purchase classroom supplies, equipment and support programs that do not receive any State funding, such as Music Therapy and Social Work.  Thank you for raising awareness and much needed dollars to help our children and young adults discover their lifelong potential.

I have a question about the event itself.  Who can I contact?

Please contact Special Events Coordinator Lauren Bevacqua at lbevacqua@marycariola.org or 585-271-2897 ext. 1299