Saturday, October 13th was the 10th Annual Southwest Florida Walk Now for Autism Speaks held for the 7th year at Estero Community Park in the City of Estero, FL. Through your fundraising and outreach efforts we have raised over $70,000 and counting – that’s over 1 million dollars raised in Southwest Florida over the past 10 years!
It was a beautiful day; a little hotter than we had planned for, but everyone that attended was in high spirits! In fact, over 2,000 people were there to Walk and support the autism community of Southwest Florida and Walk Now for Autism Speaks.
We are so grateful for all of the hard work of the Walk committee lead by Tracey Demarest. We also want to thank all the volunteers, families, and friends for supporting this Walk and helping change the future for those struggling with autism spectrum disorders.
As always, this was truly an exciting event; with family-friendly activities stretched out all across the field we were amazed by the support of our community partners who donated their time on Saturday. A special thanks goes out to our incredible emcees; Danielle Kolieniak, NBC-2 and Joe Winner, B103.9. Other entertainment included:
- Geoffrey the Giraffe
- Chick Fil-A Cow
- Beasley Broadcast Group Stations: B103.9, Sunny 106, 99x, 96K Rock, 770 ESPN
- Tiff N’ Zoid
- National Anthem Singer, Jessica Lopez
- Carnival Foods provided by Walgreens & Carnival Games provided by Autism Speaks U – FGCU
- And don’t forget the inflatables!
We want to thank our national Walk sponsors Toys”R”Us & Babies”R”Us as well as our local sponsors: South Florida Ford, Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc., Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union, DeAngelis Diamond Construction, Stofft Cooney Architects, Hodges University, The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Omar Rieche M.D., PA, United Mechanical, Inc., Florida Power & Light Company, First Choice Therapy Associates and a special thanks to Pepsi Beverage Company and SoyJoy for great snacks and drinks for all!
Most of all we want to thank our community, families and loved ones for coming out to support the autism community of Southwest Florida and Walk Now for Autism Speaks! Through your fundraising and outreach efforts we have raised over 1 million dollars in Southwest Florida over the past 10 years! Together, we are changing the future!
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