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Valley Friendship Tour at Alternatives

Valley Friendship Tour at Alternatives

Valley Friendship Tour, Alternatives’ annual fundraiser will be held on May 31 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill, 50 Douglas Road in Whitinsville.

Since it began 29 years ago, Valley Friendship Tour has raised more than $1.6 Million in support of Alternatives’ services for individuals with disabilities in Central Massachusetts. 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 can travel along one of five non-competitive routes: a one mile walk, 5K and 10K walk/runs, and 25 or 50 mile bicycle rides. Following the exercise, participants enjoy a complimentary lunch, therapeutic massages and entertainment including music by the Mid-Life Crisis Band and entertainment for the younger members of the crowd.

Both teams and individuals are welcome to register; pre-registration is $20 while registration the day of is $25. Teams that are formed by non-profits or community organizations and raise more than $1,000 will split the first $1,000 they raise, with all additional money being returned to their organization as part of Alternatives’ community-building effort. Participants can now register online at Each Valley Friendship Tour sets a new fundraising goal. This year’s goal is $180,000 which would make this the third record breaking year in a row.

The tour has become a staple on the local community’s calendar of annual events. Maryann Newton of Gaudette Insurance Agency, Inc. says “Being a member of “Gerry’s Gang” is special because we walk in memory of Gerry Gaudette, who loved Alternatives. The walk provides me an opportunity to give a little something back to the community while enjoying the company of family and friends. It also reminds me of how blessed I am to have two healthy, beautiful children.”

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