The 2010 Orange County Walk Now for Autism Speaks took place on Saturday, November 13 at Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA.
A beautiful Southern California morning set the tone for this year’s Orange County Walk as a record breaking crowd arrived eager to take in all of the festivities.The Walk had 9,000 people in attendance and has raised over $335,000 to date! Participants were treated to a meet and greet by the Los Angeles Laker Girls, and were applauded by prominent figures such as State Senator Lou Correa and Autism Speaks’ very own Executive Vice President of Programs and Services, Peter Bell.
We were honored to have ABC7 Consumer Reporter Ric Romero be the master of ceremonies. This year’s Walk featured 60 autism related service providers, local Southern California bands, and the new “Team Village”, which was occupied by 20 teams who raised $3,000 and recruited 10+ members by November 5th.
Orange County Walk Now for Autism Speaks is thankful for all of its participants, and especially our sponsors- Mike Bilek Racing, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Pepz Pizza, IABA, ABC7, Service Champions, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Cox Communications, Marriot, AM 830 and UnitedHealthcare. Kids Zone - Thank you to everyone who donated their time to be in our biggest Kids Zone to date! The Game Truck, Star Cars, Putt 2 Go, Play Party, American Medical Response Autism Speaks Ambulance, Police Hummer, Cartoon Slinger and Star Wars 501st Legion.
Entertainment- We were so thankful to have such great entertainment for this year’s Walk, a huge thank you to Pinch Me, AJ Rafael, Arrest My Sister, Fly Singers from The Miracle Project, Isle Entertainment, Ella Duffner, Cub Scout of Orange County and the Fountain Valley High School Cheerleaders. Committee Members and all 400 volunteers – Thank you for all of your hard work and willingness to go above and beyond what was needed. Finally, Diane Vitto (Walk Chair) and Lauren Christ-Vitto (Co-Walk Chair) – Without your dedication and passion to the cause, the Walk wouldn’t have been a huge success.
Thank you for all of the miles driven, hours worked, and a refusal to take “no” for an answer! For more information about the Walk, visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AutismSpeaks.OC.
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