The 8th Annual Rochester Walk Now for Autism Speaks took place at Frontier Field in downtown Rochester on Saturday, Sept. 24th, with 3,500 people in attendance, and featured a beautify sunny sky. To date we have raised $130,000, with donations continuing to come in as we reach for our goal through the end of the year.
Special thanks to The Dog House band, who provided the tunes for the day, our emcee JP Hastings from 95.1 The Fox, our 5 mascots for making appearances during the Walk, our great pre-walk motivation about getting CARA passed, and young adult on the spectrum, Angelina, for singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. A huge THANK YOU to Walk Co-Chairs Patti Fields and Beth Grier-Leva and the entire Rochester Walk Committee Members for making this Walk so successful for the families of the region.
From the fun of walking on the field, to the bubbles, facepainting, hand print banner, two bounce houses, free stuffed animals, team photos, and food, the walkers had so much to choose from thanks to the generous donations of so many local companies and families.
Kudos go out to our current 16 Grand Club members, who were called to the stage to receive their commemorative pin.
The Community Resource Fair featured 11 local providers and many of our wonderful sponsors were on site, including Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us, Time Warner Cable, Wegmans, Remington, Giffords, Williams and Collichio, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Wilmorite Malls, Broadstone Real Estate, Karpus Investment Management, Bright Start Pediatric Services, Pictometry International Corp.
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 work of the AXD ladies from RIT, 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 $190,000 goal.
Candid photo shots from Walk day can be found HERE, with more on the way.
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