The Annual Nebraska Walk Now for Autism Speaks took place at Haymarket Park stadium on Saturday, Oct. 20th, with over 800 people in attendance, and featured what the weather forecast called ‘abundant sunshine’. To date we have raised $48,000, with donations continuing to come in as we reach for our $58,000 goal through the end of the year.
Special thanks to our emcee Ken Siemek, a proclamation reading from Governor Heineman, to Geoffrey the Giraffe for making an appearance during the Walk. A huge THANK YOU to Walk Chair Vicki Depenbusch, all of the volunteers (many of whom were AXD ladies and TEKE gentlemen from Lincoln and Omaha colleges), and a special shout out to the entire Nebraska Walk Committee Members for making this Walk so successful for the families of the region.
From the fun of all the kids activities, to the sweet tunes provided by Shower Tunes Music, to the music from the kids’ instruments, to the bubbles, facepainting, bean bag toss, bound house, team photos, and food, the walkers had so much to choose from thanks to the generous donations of so many local companies and families. In-kind food donors included Eazy Eatz Bakery, The Cookie Company, Subway, Glutino, Katz Gluten Free, Rotella's Italian Bakery, Cargill, Farmland, Aqua Systems, and Pepsi. Walkers definitely didn’t go hungry!
Kudos go out to our 3 Grand Club members, who were called to the stage to receive their commemorative pin: Liz Dunning, Andrew Evans Jr., and Hillary Christ.
The Community Resource Fair featured 9 local providers and many of our wonderful sponsors were on site, including Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us, Bank of the West, Runza Restaurants, Autism Family Network, St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Mills Squeegee, and Behavioral Pediatric and Family Therapy Program.
We’re so grateful to all of our participants who worked so hard for months leading up to the Walk, all of our Walk day volunteers, and to those who will continue to work through year’s end to raise much-needed awareness and funds in support of our mission as we reach for our $58,000 goal.
Candid photo shots from Walk day can be found HERE.
Team Photos will be up on this same link soon.