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Great Santa Run

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This year’s Great Santa Run and Kris Kringle Walk will take place from 10:15 a.m. to noon, Saturday, December 15th, at Civic Center Park in Palm Desert.


“We’re already getting calls and emails asking about this year’s run, so we thought we’d better make the announcement official,” said Marianne Benson, president of Desert Friends of the Developmentally Disabled, which recently opened the We Care Dental Clinic in Rancho Mirage.


Proceeds from the Great Santa Run will be used to help fund the clinic, which provides free dental services to the developmentally disabled adults and children as well as low-cost dental services to seniors 55 and over and veterans who have no insurance, are under-insured or are on fixed incomes.


The walk will begin at 10:15 a.m. at Civic Center Park, which is located near Fred Waring and San Pablo in Palm Desert. The walk will be followed by a public awareness rally and entertainment provided by event co-chairs Chris Burke and the DeMasi Brothers.


Burke is an actor and folk singer who has down syndrome. He is best known for his character, Charles “Corky” Thacher on the television series “Life Goes On.” Chris and the DeMasi Brothers have been delighting audiences throughout the U.S. and Canada with their music. The trio brings a message of love, inclusion and celebration of life.


Lauren Potter, an actress with down syndrome who plays Becky on the TV series “Glee,” will also talk about her experiences during the public awareness rally.


Registration for the 4K-walk/run can be done online at www.dfddnow.org. Registrations will also be taken the day of the event between 8 and 10 a.m.

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