On a beautiful Saturday morning 1,000 participants from South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska gathered at Augustana College for the 5th annual South Dakota Walk Now for Autism Speaks.
It was quite windy, but that did not stop teams from enjoying the amazing atmosphere. The day began with great excitement from adults and children meeting other families in the community, visiting the resource fair, and enjoying the sounds of a local mariachi band. There were two particular new teams that deserve a round of applause -- Siouxland Freethinkers and Team Carter who have each raised over $10,000 so far! Their incredible accomplishment does not go unnoticed and will truly make a difference for the autism community.
Our sponsors definitely made the day successful for the many families we serve. A BIG thank you goes out to Augustana College for the use of facilities and amazing support. We also appreciate the donation from Dakotacare and donated media from Cumulus Media/Results Radio and the Argus Leader. It was wonderful to see the Sioux Falls Roller Dollz present a check for $1,000 on Walk day and the team even gathered on the field to say hello to all of the walkers. Thank you the Roller Dollz!
The day could also not have been a success without our Walk Chairpersons and true leaders, Jennifer Miller and Kris Stewart. A special thank you goes to Julie Ashworth as well who is a professor at Augustana College and has an adult with autism for her hard work and dedication. Without the help the planning committee, team captains, walkers, and event volunteers, the South Dakota walk would not have been a tremendous success. Thanks to the volunteers from Target and Kohl’s for their enthusiasm and hard work on Walk day! The Walk hit it’s goal on the day of event (how over can we go?) to conclude what beginning to finish was an amazing 2012 South Dakota Walk Now for Autism Speaks.
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