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32st Annual Valley Friendship Tour at Alternatives

Alternatives’ signature fundraiser, the Valley Friendship Tour, will be held on June 3 from
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill, 50 Douglas Road in Whitinsville. Since it began over three decades ago, the Valley Friendship Tour has raised close to $2.5 Million in support of Alternatives’ services for individuals with disabilities in Central Massachusetts. With an outpouring of community support, last year’s 30th Anniversary event raised more than $270,000.

This year, Alternatives is asking the community to help put the “Friend” in the Valley Friendship Tour. Friendship Pieces, handmade by local artisan and Alternatives Board Member Molly Hollibaugh, are being sold to help spread the word about the Valley Friendship Tour and expand participation. Each purchase comes with two pins, one for the purchaser and one to share with a friend. As Alternatives’ Director of Marketing and Development Karen Goldenberg explains, “This is a great way for people to show their support for their neighbors with disabilities and commitment to building inclusive communities. Plus, they’re just fun to wear!”

The Tour is an opportunity to gather friends, family and co-workers for a day of fun and exercise in the beautiful and historic Blackstone Valley. Participants of all ages and abilities can travel along one of three non-competitive routes: a one mile walk, 5K walk/run, or 30 mile bicycle ride. After completing their route, participants enjoy a complimentary lunch on the Community Plaza at the Whitin Mill, therapeutic massages, raffles and live music by the Marshall Morris Band.

Both teams and individuals are welcome to register; pre-registration is $30 while registration the day of is $35. Teams that are formed by non-profits or community organizations have a special opportunity to use Valley Friendship Tour as a fundraiser for their cause as well. Everything they raise above the first $625 is returned to their organization as part of Alternatives’ community-building effort. Participants can register online at  

For more information about Valley Friendship Tour visit or call 508-234-6232.