The 9th annual Houston Walk Now for Autism Speaks was held this past Saturday, October 13th at Reliant Park in Houston, TX! Houston raised over $400,000 – and counting! Fundraising efforts will continue through December 31st.
Under the leadership of Walk Director Shauna Caster and Volunteer Chair Carey Burden, Houston drew approximately 10,000 walkers on a warm, sunny Saturday morning. Families got to enjoy an expanded Resource Fair featuring more than 40 local service providers, bounce castles, kids’ crafts, face painting and plenty of fun sensory activities. During opening ceremonies the crowd observed a moment of silence for a local family who lost their autistic son days before the walk when he wandered onto the freeway. We also welcomed and congratulated more than 60 Grand Club members.
Houston was proud to host national Autism Speaks partner Joe’s Crab Shack at the Walk. Joe’s COO Jim Mazany and his son Luke who is on the spectrum, presented a check to Autism Speaks for $125,000. The money was raised through Joe’s Crab Shack True Blue Sunday promotions which continue in Houston through the last Sunday in October. CW 39 Newsfix was there to catch it all on film and highlighted the Houston Walk on the 5:00 news on Monday. We were also joined by our outstanding local sponsors Perry Homes, Johnny Carino’s, Plains All American, The Shape of Behavior, Murphy’s Deli, Moody National Bank, Orion Real Estate and IKEA.