Laurel Highlands was the host to an amazing Walk Now for Autism Speaks event held on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at Story Brook Forrest in Idlewild and SoakZone Park. It was the ideal location for the over 1,300 walkers that strolled through the nursery rhyme villages while listening to the stories and the songs provided by the Stage Right Performers.
To date the Walk has raised close to $63,000 but we won't stop till we hit (and maybe surpass) our goal of $75,000! Elmo and the Hollow Tree Players were on hand to greet the walkers at the park entrance. A highlight of the event was 8 foot puzzle pieces on which the families sponge painted and signed their names. We will use the puzzle pieces next year in our team photo area as a background piece. We even had Ice Cream Joe himself scooping out cones for our walkers, which was a big hit on this warm sunny day. We are very proud of our four grand club members, Mary Jo Sell, May Babik, Danielle Lebe and Chris Fabian.
This year’s top teams were Hunter’s Helpers, Puzzle Partners, Walking for the Boys and Helping Hands. It is through their significant contributions and all of the walkers’ efforts that we will help to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.
This amazing event could not have happened without our planning committee of Bridget Flumer, Christiana Markle, Desiree Pollard, Rebecca Quel and Mary Jo Sell.
For more information about the Walk, please visit our website at www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/laurelhighlands.