Saturday, October 6th marked the third annual Arkansas Walk Now for Autism Speaks held at the Clinton Presidential Center. Despite the cold weather and then rainy weather, an estimated 2000 people joined us that day to walk and celebrate for their loved ones. Lexi Aaron joined us all the way from Los Angeles and mesmerized the crowd while she sang. Lexi was in the HBO Emmy award-winning movie, Autism the Musical. Her father, Joe Aaron, a Sercy native also joined us a special guest. He is perhaps best known as the co-creator of the Disney animated series Doug and is an autism awareness advocate. Joe is raising funds for the film Guttersnipes, a feature film addressing autism and homelessness which will be filmed her in Arkansas. Ed Buckner, KTHV Channel 11 chief meteorologist, and Craig O’Neill, KTHV community journalism news anchor served as event emcees and engaged the crowd in fun and special ways. The First Lady of Arkansas, Ginger Beebe also joined us for the event.
Our gratitude goes out to our wonderful Corporate Sponsors who made this Walk possible. They include Goodwill Industries of Arkansas, ACCESS, Arkansas Children's Hospital, Easter Seals Arkansas, FIS, Pathfinder Academy, DNT Media and Friendship Community Care. We would also thank all of our in-kind donors, The Clinton Presidential Center, our resource fair providers. entertainers, costuming groups, volunteer groups and walk committee.
Most of all we thank our families for coming out to support and Walk Now for Autism Speaks for that someone that you love and care about! Through your efforts we exceeded our goal and have been able to raise over $109,000 for our our families here in Arkansas.