Last night, on Thursday, March 26th, more than one hundred Indiana residents gathered at Victory Field for the 4th annual Indianapolis Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kickoff Party. Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians Triple-A baseball team, promoted a sense of Walk season as sunshine canvassed the room and children enjoyed the sights of the diamond and ate ballpark hotdogs and popcorn.
While the children played, the adults networked and shared team recruitment and fundraising ideas with eachother. This small table and large group discussion happened throughout the event presentation. During the presentation, families also learned of the true impact their fundraising is having on both a national and local level! Grant recipients Noble of Indiana and Carey Services were honored at the event and spoke of the true impact Autism Speaks grants have on their local organizations and their program attendees affected by autism.
Families also heard from Walk Chair, Lindsay Eichelman and Team Development Chair and mother of Drew, Kristi Bayliss. Both women spoke of their excitement for Walk Day and challenged the community to surpass the 2015 Indianapolis Walk fundraising goal of $165,000.00. After the evening's discussion, event attendees gathered their Walk materials and took every last one of our puzzle pieces, so we are confident Indiana families will have no problem reaching this goal!
New information was also shared at this event, as many families new to the Autism Speaks community left with national support tools and local opportunities available to them. Families were also reminded of the upcoming Autism Awareness Game with the Indiana Pacers, being held on April 14th!
The Indianapolis Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kickoff Party was a true success; gathering friends, introducing new families to resources, hosting great discussion, learning of local impact, and children with autism having an outstanding time!
We look forward to continuing this effort on May 30th at White River State Park for the 4th annual Indianapolis Walk Now for Autism Speaks! For more event details visit www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/indianapolis.
If you have any questions or need further support, please call our local Indiana staff at 313-268-0639 or email indianapolis@AutismSpeaks.org.