Members of the COPE and CAMP Erin NYC gather at last year’s COPE Walk in Long Beach. Photo Credit: COPE Foundation

Hundreds of people will converge upon Long Beach on Sunday for the 16th annual COPE Walk, a fundraiser for the nonprofit grief counseling organization that supports those who’ve suffered the loss of a child or loved one.

The event is the brainchild of the Connecting Our Paths Eternally (COPE) Foundation President Lillian Julien, who sees the walk as less an opportunity to raise money for the organization than a chance to unite those who share a common bond in both grief and  healing.

“It’s fundraising,” Julien said, “but the focus is bringing parents, families and children together.”

The event has garnered a generous amount of support from individuals and corporate sponsors, raising $22,175 in donations for the Melville-based group during last year’s event alone.

The COPE Walk will unite the various groups under the COPE banner, along with members of the organization’s affiliated grief counseling camp called Camp Erin NYC.

The walk will start at the Laurelton Boulevard section of the Long Beach boardwalk and runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 30.

To sign up for the event, donate or for more information, visit copefoundation.org

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