The second of the 2011 West Texas Walk Now for Autism Speaks events was held on April 30 at Mission Fitness in Odessa, Texas. All the hard work of Walk Chairs Malissa Roach and Jessica Brijalba and their dedicated committee paid off in a ton of fun for everyone!
Saturday morning welcomed us with sunny skies, perfect temperatures and the West Texas winds were out in force! We had more than 700 walkers, that’s double last year’s first Walk! We were joined by: the Odessa Fire Department, Slapjack, Geoffrey the Giraffe, PK and the 501st Storm Troopers. Children of all ages enjoyed bounce houses and the Kona Ice snow cone treats to cool off after their Walk. Everyone enjoyed walking the path around Mission Fitness once we scared the snakes away with the golf cart!
The West Texas Walk committees (Abilene, Permian Basin and San Angelo) have set a goal of reaching the $1 million mark for a cumulative total for the seven years of the Walks – which means the three 2011 Walk events need to raise a total of $340,000! To date, they have raised more than $157,069 and there is still one more Walk event in West Texas this year:
Congratulations to our top 3 fundraising teams: Nimitz Jr. High (a team of 130 students!), A Way for Will (our “Best Tee-shirt” winners) and Autism Connextions for Troy. Our Grand Club members are: Naomi De Anda, Jessica Brijalba, Alex English and Anna Garibay, Amanda Quine, and Whitney Yost. A huge thank you to every team, walker, sponsor and volunteer that made the 2011 Walk Now for Autism Speaks Walk Day successful!