Milwaukee Walk Now for Autism Speaks Opening Ceremony Images of the Wisconsin Alpha Xi Delta Women announcing Walk Day totals to the community and the Bray Family cutting our Walk Now for Autism Speaks ribbon to kickoff Walk 2013.
Saturday, April 6th marked the 5th anniversary of Milwaukee’s Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Thousands of families came to the BMO Harris Bradley Center, the new indoor home of Milwaukee’s Walk Now for Autism Speaks and the home of NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks! Families, friends and corporate teams walked for autism awareness, to raise funds for autism research, and to unite the Wisconsin autism community while getting an up-close and personal experience with the BMO Harris Bradley Center and the Milwaukee Bucks. With over 3,500 walkers and raising nearly $200,000, Milwaukee’s Walk Now for Autism Speaks was supported by community partners and area businesses and provided tons of fun for both children and adults with autism!
Individuals of all ages enjoyed the “Bucks Experience” at the Milwaukee Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Rim Rockers amazed walkers with acrobatic moves on center court and then got them involved by handing off twirling basketballs to the fingertips of children with autism. Energee! Dance Team danced with young adults with autism and all were invited to shoot free throw shots on the official Bucks floor! In addition to the Milwaukee Bucks Entertainment, the BMO Harris Bradley Center hosted a Kids Fun Zone with bouncy houses, inflatable slides, face painters and jugglers; the Sam’s Club Adult Loft with tables full off conversation and game play; and a Resource Fair filled with over 25 local business that impact the autism community!
Opening Ceremonies at the Milwaukee Walk Now for Autism Speaks included Steve Costello, President of the BMO Harris Bradley Center and John Steinmiller, VP of Business Operations for the Milwaukee Bucks, who spoke graciously about their support of the autism community and their belief in Autism Speaks. Walkers were also pleased by guest appearances from Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks and 97.3 Radio Now celebrity, Jesse Mitchell. The ceremony concluded with a countdown to start the Walk, led by 2013’s Top Fundraising Team, the Bray Family, with help from Toys”R”Us's Geoffrey, Bango of the Milwaukee Bucks and BetXi Bear of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority. Following the ceremony, families enjoyed their indoor walk on the 2nd Floor Whole Foods Market Walk Route or the 4th floor Quiet Walk Route; both tracks filled with local mascots, Super Heroes and the Star Wars characters.
A special thank you goes out to our Walk Chair, Melissa Reed; Field Development Manager, Mallory Walsh and the entire Milwaukee Leadership Committee. Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to the 2013 Milwaukee Walk Now for Autism Speaks Sponsors: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee Bucks, Whole Foods Market, Sam’s Club, Frito Lay, Milwaukee Admirals, Lund Van Dyke Centers for Autism, Brewers Community Foundation, Richardson School, Heiser Automotive Group, and our collegiate supporters: Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, Theta Delta Chi and Autism Speaks U! Lastly, thank you to all the families, friends, and supporters who joined in our celebration at Milwaukee Walk Now for Autism Speaks and to all who raised funds to continue autism research. We look forward to seeing you at future Autism Speaks Milwaukee events and back again for Milwaukee Walk Now for Autism Speaks 2014. For more information and photos on the Walk, visit our Wisconsin Facebook page @ http://www.facebook.com/AutismSpeaks.Milwaukee
Children and families enjoyed the “Bucks Experience” at Milwaukee Walk Now for Autism Speaks 2013. All were invited to shoot free throw shots; do tricks with the Rim Rockers, take photos with the Energee! Dance team & Bango while enjoying the Milwaukee Bucks Game Day Entertainment!
Photos provided by: Samantha Ryan