On Saturday, October 2nd, a large crowd of over 1,000 people came together at Saltdog Stadium for the 4th Annual Nebraska Walk Now for Autism Speaks.
We welcomed more than 65 teams and individual walkers whom together raised almost $40,000 for Autism Speaks, funding work in research, family services, advocacy and awareness. Without each of our supporters, this would not have been possible, and for that, we thank you. We were honored to have Governor Dave Heineman as our special guest! He spoke to participants in opening ceremonies about how “Team Jacob” had invited him to the event and he was pleased to come out and support all those affected by autism. We thank him for his attendance at this important event.
The Nebraska Walk Now for Autism Speaks turned out to be a beautiful day! The festivities began with the talents of John Knapp (an adult with Aspergers) performing the National Anthem and then a welcome by Governor Heineman. We recognized our Grand Club members Logan Hamilton and Cameron Nelson as well as our top teams: Alpha Xi Delta – Rho, Cameron’s Circle & Team Logan. We also introduced our new Walk Now for Autism Speaks 2011 Nebraska Co-Chairs: Vicki Depenbusch and Jill Bailey!
Alpha Xi Delta girls recognized individuals with autism by giving “High 5” donations which began a wave of additional “High 5’s” from attendees! Geoffrey from Toys'R'Us was then led to the starting line along with top teams as well as the Governor to begin the official Walk. Attendees enjoyed bounce houses, face painting, activities and refreshments as well as a feeling of support from a community that has come together to make a difference for all those who struggle with autism!
We would like to thank our National sponsors: Toys'R'Us and Babies'R'Us as well as local sponsors, Lincoln Benefit Life and Runza. We acknowledge the outstanding volunteer efforts from Alpha Xi Delta and Allstate!
We also recognize our resource fair vendors who came out to the event with fun activities for the whole family! Special recognition goes to “Team Comfort Chiropractic” who was a resource fair vendor that formed a team and became one of our top fundraisers! We have candid photos, news and updates from Walk day on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/AutismSpeaks.Nebraska.