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2011 Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speaks Recap 

Thursday, October 6, 2011 View Comments

The 11th Annual Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speaks took place this past Sunday, October 2 at Suffolk Downs in East Boston!  The morning’s rainstorm stopped just in time for 25,000 Walkers to take to the track at Suffolk Downs to celebrate their incredible fundraising, almost $900,000 collected already!

Once again, Randy Price (WCVB, The Boston Channel) and Hank Morse (105.7 WROR) emceed the event.  The Swingset Mamas warmed everyone up with inspiring tunes with their own mom-tested wisdom – making everyday activities fun and educational!  Joey Voto, 10, played the National Anthem on Keyboard, accompanied by Gianna Hitsos, 16, on vocals as everyone geared up to walk.  And Christopher Duffley, a young blind, autistic boy with the Teamsters Local 25, lead the countdown before Caleb Cascio and his parents, Jessica and John, cut the Starting Ribbon! 

The Resource Fair presented by Popcorners included nearly 40 vendors from around Boston with information and activities.  In addition, we were joined by some of our wonderful Corporate Partners, Toys"R"Us, the TJX Companies, Uno Chicago Grill, the Boston Red Sox, WCVB-TV The Boston Channel and 105.7 WROR.  At registration, the Evergreen Center distributed shirts and Beacon Services lead fun activities in the Kids’ Korner.  Among the highlights were the pizza, hotdogs and salad served by UNO Chicago Grill, who have already raised over $10,000 in their restaurants!

We owe a huge congratulations and thank you to Deirdre Legge and Meghan Zarum, Greater Boston Committee Co-Chairs, and all members of the Greater Boston Committee for their tireless effort and dedication throughout the year.  To get more involved in the Greater Boston Community, contact Kelley Borer-Miller at greaterboston@autismspeaks.org or 781-461-8878.

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