Over 300 individuals came out on a beautiful, hot, sunny day in Altoona, PA to participate in the 8th Annual Blair County Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the People’s Natural Gas Ballpark on Saturday, June 16th.
The Walk, chaired by Lori Crabtree, Jen Hertzog and Renee Rimbeck raised over $35,000 with donations still arriving. To date, the Blair County Walk has raised more than $345,000 since its inception in 2005.
Entertainment was provided from various local service providers, which included face painting and many other sensory activities. The Community Resource Fair featured 5 service providers focused on helping families affected by autism. Our National Sponsors, Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us were in attendance with Geoffrey the Giraffe. Our local corporate sponsors including AERI, Albemarle Corporation, Family Behavioral Resources, Bonney Forge, GBU Financial Life, New Pig, and NHS Human Services all help to make our event successful and many sponsors also participated on a Walk team!
The Walk was kicked off by recognizing Grand Club Members (individuals who registered and fundraised $1,000 or more prior to Walk Day), including Joy Finochio, Dawn Hummel, Rebecca Nearhoof, and The Whiting Family.
Participants walked 3 miles (12 laps) around the warning track of the ball park and were treated to an amazing lunch following the event.
A huge thanks to all the individuals who came out in support of the Walk. Special recognition to Rob Egan and Cory Homan from the Altoona Curve who helped out with the Walk Day Logistics.
For more information about all the participants of the Walk, visit our page at www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/blaircounty.