The Inaugural Arkansas Walk Now for Autism Speaks was greeted with a beautiful sunny day, 20 Resource Providers and over 1,500 enthusiastic families and friends in attendance.
The Walk, held at the beautiful Clinton Presidential Center on Saturday, October 2, was a great success with $77,000 raised to date! Our emcee for the event was Mike Francis of KARK Channel 7, who also has a son on the spectrum. Mike and his family are strong supporters of Autism Speaks and we are grateful to him and his family for all they do. Special thanks to our guests who helped us embody the walk spirit by supporting us on Walk day.
2010 Honorary Chair, Anthony Lucas and First Lady of Arkansas, Ginger Beebe. Our top Gold Corporate Sponsor, Goodwill Industries of Arkansas, along with our Silver Sponsors, Easter Seals Arkansas and Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute joined us as well and shared importation information about the wonderful services they provide to the community.
We are very grateful to them and all of our sponsors for their generous support of this inaugural event. Also a warm thank you to Music Man Entertainment for donating their DJ services for the day. Everyone loved the great music and fun dancing! We would be remiss if we didn’t thank our Toys’R'Us Team and Geoffrey for attending and celebrating with us. D1 Training Facility officially started the event off with a fun warm-up to get the crowd fired-up!
We were then all treated to the beautiful singing of Christiauna Simmons and Samarra Hill-Simmons as they sang the National Anthem. After everyone returned from walking they were greeted with the incredible talent of the USA National Jump Rope Team.
A big THANK YOU to the many volunteers who worked so tirelessly to make this event such a success and to our generous supporters and sponsors in community, especially The Point 94.1. For more information about the Walk, please visit our Facebook page.
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