Over 1,500 people gathered for the 5th Annual Michigan Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, September 10th, 2011 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The Palace of Auburn Hills (Home of the Pistons) provided the perfect setting for the Walk. The weather on the morning of the walk was chilly and rainy. However, as soon as registration began and walkers arrived the sun broke through and the rain stopped! It turned out to be a beautiful day. To date we have raised over $123,000 and expect more donations to be streaming in.
Scott St. Clair, the 2011 Michigan Chair, did a terrific job! A big thank you goes out to the rest of the Committee Members as well for making this walk such a success. Palace Sports and Entertainment were extremely accommodating and wonderful! On walk day, the Palace provided Pistons cheerleaders, the Hoops mascot, DJ Earl, balloon animal experts, a basketball truck, and 3 large inflatables to entertain both children and their families. We had somewhat of an “inflatables wonderland” because the business ‘Pump It Up’ donated 3 more inflatables for walk day! A definite overarching theme from our speakers was the strong push for both CARA and the Michigan Insurance reform effort. Lt Governor Brian Calley gave an impassioned speech as did Senator Jim Marleau. The Lt Governor has a child on the Autism Spectrum and has the commitment from Governor Rick Snyder to sign the bill when it reaches his desk. Annette Kelly, Mrs. Michigan, also shared a moving, personal story on why she supports autism insurance reform.
Check out this VIDEO about the 5th Annual Michigan Walk Now for Autism Speaks.