Ally McDeavitt is a 17 year old junior who attends Lindale High School and has a little sister with Aspergers. She decided to honor her sister by planning an event that would help raise money for an Aspergers or autism awareness program at Autism Speaks. Ally solicited donations and sponsorships from the businesses in Lindale (everyone she contacted except 2 donated or gave her a sponsorship), friends and family. She enlisted her polite, hardworking friends to be volunteers.
On Saturday, July 23, 2011 all of Ally’s work came to fruition. Between 200-250 people came out to support Ally and her family and have raised over $5,000 with more donations expected! The 5k walk was held at the Lindale High School track. Fifty-five people signed up to participate braving the 100+ temperatures. The Christ Central Church was the scene of burgers and hot dog baskets, bounce houses, face painting, clown, games, cake walk and four different bands!
Ally’s sister, the beautiful Miss Addison Stone was the highlight of the evening – she entertained the crowd with her unbelievable performance of Selena Gomez’s “Love You Like A Love Song” and “Who Says”. Lindale is a town of 2,832 people in East Texas.
This event brought people from over a 100 mile radius because Ally was interviewed on the news and she was able to reach parents who had felt they were in isolation because there are no autism events anywhere near them.
They were so happy to make connections and exchange information with other parents! There are already plans in the works for April 2012 for a Light It Up Blue in Lindale for Aspergers and Autism Speaks! Congratulations to Ally McDeavitt and her family and friends. A special thanks to the wonderful community of Lindale for supporting the very important cause!
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