The 4th Annual Cincinnati Walk Now for Autism Speaks took place at Coney Island on Saturday, May 21st, with 8,000 people in attendance, and featured a first for the Walk – sunny skies! To date we have raised $330,000, with donations continuing to come in as we reach for our goal throughout the summer months! Special thanks to Q102, who provided the tunes for the day, and our emcees Jeff and Jenn, and to members of 501st Legion, Spiderman, Melodic Connections, former Cincinnati Bengal Robert Jackson, Mr. Red Legs, Twister, the Anderson HS marching band, and Miss Joanie for entertaining us all.
From the amusement park rides, to the bubbles, facepainting, handprint banner, bean bag toss, trampoline, team photos, and food, the walkers had so much to choose from thanks to the generous donations of Kroger, Chiquita, UDF, Recreations Outlet, Servati, John Morell, and more.
A huge THANK YOU to Walk Co-Chairs Kristi Howell and John Manos and the Cincinnati Walk Committee Members for making this Walk so successful for the families of the tri-state area. Kudos go out to our over 40 Grand Club members, who were treated to special drawings for Reds tickets, jewelry, gift certificates and baskets, and more. Not only that, but they had special meet and greet time with several players from the Cyclones hockey team through the Hockey Players for Kids program, as well as with former Cincinnati Bengal Robert Jackson.
Not to mention the special goodies – from gourmet cupcakes to Penn Station sandwiches and more.
The DHL Walk team was a HUGE part of our success! All of the DHL teams contributed over $13,000 and were honored as one of the Top Fundraising Teams. They are giving our new team, Parkers Puzzle Posse, a run for their money, as the Ruschman’s and their family have raised almost $11,000 and recruited almost 100 walkers. Thank You to DHL and Parkers Puzzle Posse!
The Community Resource Fair featured 16 local providers and many of our wonderful sponsors were on site, including Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us, Kerry Automotive, Jeff Wyler Automotive Group, DHL, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. We’re so grateful to all of our participants who worked so hard for months leading up to the Walk, all of our Walk day volunteers – including the AMAZING Oak Hills Football team, and to those who will continue to work through year’s end to raise much-needed awareness and funds in support of our mission as we reach for our $390,000 goal.
For more photos and information on the Walk, visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AutismSpeaks.Cinci.
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