AbilityFirst, Serving Individuals with Developmental and Physical Disabilities, Announces “Stroll and Roll” Fundraiser

Actress Lauren Potter is back for the second year as the Honorary Chair

Published: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 | 9:25 PM

AbilityFirst Stroll & Roll

Image Courtesy AbilityFirst Stroll & Roll

AbilityFirst, a 92-year-old nonprofit supporting children and adults with disabilities, is set to host its annual fundraiser and 5K the Stroll & Roll on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. Actress Lauren Potter who is best known as the spunky cheerleader Becky in the Fox TV hit show “Glee” and more recently in HBO’s “Veep” will be back for the second year to reprise her role as AbilityFirst Honorary Chair.

Potter will join longtime AbilityFirst Honorary Chairs and actresses Jaclyn Smith from the celebrated television show “Charlie’s Angels,” and Lee Meriwether, known as the original “Cat Woman” and named Miss America in 1955.

AbilityFirst Stroll & Roll is the organization’s signature fundraiser and has set the bar high this year with a goal of raising $1 million dollars to help individuals with disabilities to achieve their personal best. This is done every day through targeted programming that begins early in life with after school programs, adult community integration, warm water aquatics, social recreation including camping, employment preparation, training, job placement and housing.

AbilityFirst programs help increase opportunities for its participants to interact with peers with (and without) disabilities by enhancing their basic life skills; building social connections and independence all while giving caregivers the chance to refresh and recharge. During the summer, programs expand and AbilityFirst Camp Paivika is offered; a fully-accessible camp for children and adults with disabilities and situated a top the beautiful San Bernardino mountains in Crestline, California.

“Stroll & Roll is our largest and most important fundraiser of the year,” said Lori Gangemi, President and CEO of AbilityFirst. “Our target this year is to raise $1 million dollars to support our much needed and successful services at our various locations in the Greater Los Angeles. We hope you’ll please join us on April 8th!”

This year’s Stroll and Roll has a new venue – the Los Angeles State Historic Park with new and exciting interactive experiences along the route, including a Los Angeles Chargers sponsored football throwing competition, a fully-accessible photo booth, bounce house, several different food trucks and many more activities for all the participants, families, corporate teams and partners to enjoy.

To register as an individual, become a team or corporate team visit