Sunday, October 6th was the 6th Anniversary of the Sacramento Walk Now for Autism Speaks held at Raley Field. It was a beautiful sunny day that brought together over 5,000 people to celebrate the autism community and to get information about autism from over 33 service providers and support groups. We were thrilled to be able to walk over the Tower Bridge to downtown Sacramento and back! This year’s event featured entertainment by the 501st Legion Storm Troupers, Elvis and Dinger the River Cats Mascot. Huge thanks to our Sacramento volunteers for all of their hard work and dedication over the past year to produce an incredible event. We are all so grateful for your time, talent, and commitment to the autism community!
Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to our wonderful sponsors who made this walk possible by donating money, media and in-kind donations; many of them also formed teams. They are 51/50 Energy Drink and The UC Davis Mind Institute, Image Orthodontics, 7-Eleven, PepsiCo, Telemundo, KRCA NBC 3 and Balloon Creations by Mike and Carolyn! A special thank you to our national sponsor Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us,
The opening ceremonies were wonderfully entertaining thanks to countdown down by twelve year old actor JJ Totah and the music stylings of DJ Barnett.
Last, but not least, we’d like to thank our photographers Michelle McDaid from Memories by Michelle, Rommel Mendoza from Click Magnet Photography and Conrad Melendez from Action Photography.
Most of all we thank our families for coming out to support Walk Now for Autism Speaks and that someone you love and care about! Through your efforts by fundraising and reaching out we were able to raise over $170,000 dollars for our families here in the Sacramento area.