Over 500 families and individuals joined Autism Speaks for its Inaugural Indianapolis Walk Now for Autism Speaks event. The Walk took place on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Garfield Park in Indianapolis, IN. Unfortunately due to the weather and a quick lightning storm during what was supposed to be the walk program and walk start, we made the tough but safe decision to cancel the Walk and reschedule a Walk celebration. Many families were unable to attend due to the weather and those that braved the weather were not able to visit our sponsors and resource fair providers.
A Walk day celebration has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 9th at Lucas Oil Stadium where all teams, walkers, families, and volunteers are welcomed back to enjoy the first ever Walk Now for Autism Speaks in Indianapolis. Our sponsors and resource fair participants will be there as well as fun activities for the kids. This will be the celebration Indianapolis deserves after surpassing its walk goal of $80,000 and raising over $100,000 in its first year!!!
Thanks again to the families, volunteers, and Walk planning committee that prepared in the rain that morning and kept our walkers safe. We could not have done it without the help of our national philanthropy partner, Alpha Xi Delta that organized two of its local chapters and bussed in volunteers from Indiana University and Purdue University.
Also, a special thanks to our national sponsors Toys R Us & Babies R Us, our presenting sponsor Behavior Analysis Center for Autism as well as our 2012 sponsors: Applied Behavior Center, Cornerstone Autism Center, Alpha Xi Delta, The Indianapolis Colts, and Little Star Center.
More details on the Walk celebration will be coming in the next two weeks! Please check your email and the Walk website for updated information (www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/indianapolis).