More than 600 attendees participated in the 6th Annual Oregon Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Alpenrose Dairy on a beautiful, sunny, and warm Sunday morning! We had an incredible turnout for a day that featured the Portland Timbers’ Timber Joey in the crowd and Oregon Teacher of the Year, Brett Bigham, who not only spoke to the crowd about his amazing honor as the first Special Education teacher honored for Oregon, but had donations from twelve different states and a $20 note from Australia, from the Australian National Teacher!
We were also proud to have Paul Terdal & Keith Dubanevich speak on the Oregon Advocacy policy work done as well as the Autism Speaks Law Center.
Plus, we received amazing donations from the Tiffany Autism Foundation and Safeway. Not only that, but Alpenrose Dairy donated ice cream and milk for all of our attendees to enjoy post-walk!
To date, the event has raised more than $80,000 in support of Autism Speaks’ mission to fund research, increase awareness and family services, and advocate for individuals with autism and their families.
A tremendous THANK YOU goes out to our amazing families AND especially our volunteers. Without them, we would not have such a great Oregon family. Thank you Joy Whitmore, the incredible chair; Kristi Notz, Jennifer Auman, and Shealyn Stout for all of the pre-Walk prep, calls, and day of execution. Diana Cerasin, Eric Takis, Velma Abbott, Mike & Phyllis Dowrey, Dawn Drew, and MANY others for making the day of event sparkle!
To check out more photos from the event as they post from many of our tremendous teams and families, check out our local Facebook page.