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FAU and Stand Among Friends Host ‘emb(race)®’


BOCA RATON, FL (March 13, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University and Stand Among Friends (SAF), a Boca Raton-based charitable 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, recently hosted the second annual “emb(race) ® ” event to benefit SAF’s programs and services that support individuals with disabilities. More than 1,500 people attended the event, which took place at FAU’s Boca Raton campus.

“It was wonderful to see so many members of the community join us in celebrating different abilities and supporting this important cause,” said FAU President Mary Jane Saunders. “I am proud to have served as the honorary chair of the 2012 emb(race) event, and equally proud that we could host the event on our beautiful Boca Raton campus.”

Community members of all ages and abilities were encouraged to participate in emb(race). The event featured a 5K, 10K and one-mile family walk, as well as games, live music, food, prizes, raffles, awards and many other fun activities.

“I’d like to thank everyone who participated in emb(race) and helped us raise funds to support the programs of Stand Among Friends,” said Shawn Friedkin, founder and president of SAF. “Even though the sun wasn’t shining, the day was made beautiful by the positive attitudes of everyone who participated and embraced each other’s differences.”

Friedkin founded SAF in 1997 to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by promoting opportunities for them to live without limits and experience the highest degree of independence and success in their communities. SAF helps people realize and achieve their career aspirations and widen their social opportunities so they may experience a meaningful life, both personally and professionally. In 2006, SAF opened The Disability Center, a designated Center of Excellence within the State of Florida university system, on FAU’s Boca Raton campus in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing building. 

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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