Disability activist Sabrina Cohen announced today that she is taking her online battle to win $25,000 for her “Beach for All” to a Lincoln Road fitness shop on Sunday.
“I am holding a voting rally because I want to personally thank as many supporters that I can who have been voting for me to win this contest since it began on May 18 and I also want to stress to them that I need their clicks through June 3 when it ends,” said Cohen of the rally, which will be held at Athleta, the woman’s fitness retailer.
“I am especially delighted to be holding an in-store rally at Athleta because they feel as I do that fitness is for everyone, regardless of their ability. “Beach for All” fits right into that message,” Cohen added.
“The beach should be a fun place for all! With such a strong female leading the cause, like Sabrina, how could we not support her? She is a wonderful person with such a kind heart, and so it’s the least we can do to help her out,” said Megan Sulley, assistant manager of Athleta’s Miami Beach store.
The rally is expected to attract state and city officials, shoppers, and supporters of the beach project of all ages, including many of Cohen’s disabled friends.
There will be refreshments, surprises, and Athleta is donating 5 percent of sales from that day to the Sabrina Cohen Foundation (SCF).
SCF’s project, “Beach for All,” is among the 200 finalists competing in the State Farm National Assist program. The finalists were chosen from 4,000 community projects submitted to the national contest. The top 40 vote-getters will each receive the grant.
The beach is currently being developed by SCF and the City of Miami Beach. It will be a first for not only the city, but also for the State of Florida, and it is also expected to become a model for the nation. “Beach for All” has also attracted national attention, as well as grants from the Miami Foundation and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
A Miami Beach native, Cohen was paralyzed at the age of 14 and has dedicated herself ever since to improving the quality of life for disabled people. A quadriplegic, she has garnered numerous national, local and state awards, and was recently profiled on CNN and in Ocean Drive magazine.
If you go… Rally to Vote for ‘Beach for All,’ Sunday, May 31, noon-8 p.m., Athleta, 1003 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Fla., 33139, Tel: (305) 535-9842 Free.
To vote for “Beach for All” click here.
More info: Sabrina Cohen Foundation