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2011 Oregon Walk Now for Autism Speaks 

Thursday, September 1, 2011 View Comments

The 3rd Annual Oregon Walk Now for Autism Speaks event, presented by Sharing Spree.com took place on Saturday, August 27th in our brand new location – Willamette Park in Portland! Greeted by sun and temperatures in the 80s, over 1000 people came out to support Autism Speaks, check out our fantastic resource fair, and even play in the fantastic Kids Activity Area sponsored by the Portland Autism Center, LLC!

The day featured great weather, Geoffrey from Toys "R" Us, and wonderful speakers. Our special guests were Jessie and Arthur Wornum from the Biggest Loser! Not only do they live in Portland, but they are part of one of our top fundraising teams!

Under the leadership of Chair, Dan Yedinak, and Co-Chair, Kristi Moreland, our 3rd Annual Walk not only had a record attendance, but we raised more money than ever before! Thanks to our sponsors, Sharing Spree.com, Uptown Hardware, Oregon Health and Science University, Safeway, and the Portland Autism Center, LLC, and all of our fantastic teams and volunteers, we have over $92,000 in confirmed funds that will be coming in over the next month or two! That is an increase of over $20,000 from last year’s totals with even more on the way!

We also want to give a tremendous shout out to our Grand Club Members! Our top overall fundraiser, Bill Kayser, has raised over $5,000 to date! Joining Bill in the Grand Club is Arthur Wornum, Omar Shaar, Craig Tiffany, Brittainy Tiffany, Joy Whitmore, Kristi Notz, Courtney Conachan, Erica Drue, Jennifer Taggart, Kristi Moreland, Sherry Cook, Mike Gilbert, Jennifer Auman, Michelle Stafford, Christopher Moreland, Christine Darby, Kimberly Shaar, Duane Cook, Emilie Young – and a few more that will be credited soon!

If you are interested in seeing pictures from the Walk, check out our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AutismSpeaks.Portland. To give a donation and keep in touch with our grand total, go to our Walk website – http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/oregon or send in your forms and donations to the Pacific Northwest Office!

For more information, you can contact Justin Wieging in the local Autism Speaks Pacific Northwest Office at oregon@autismspeaks.org or (866) 362-6227!

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