It was a wonderful afternoon for the Inaugural Pocono Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. The over 450 walkers were greeted by sounds of young band of 16-18 year old young men. We were thrilled that many of our sponsors were able to attend and greet the walkers including Toys"R"Us, Cigna, KRZ radio and New Story.
The opening ceremonies were kicked off by a brief speech by State Representative Mario Scavello who eloquently spoke of the importance of autism research. We were thrilled to have Zac Townsend, a huge NASCAR fan say a few words about what living with autism feels like. Our hosts presented Zac with a piece of the race track, lug nuts from Jeff Gordon’s race car and a ride in the pace car to start our event.
The committee lead by Tia Fritz worked tirelessly to make this first Walk a success. The Walk went over the proposed goal of 25,000 on Walk Day and we will watch that total continue to rise over the next few weeks. Tia could not have done it alone and her amazing committee made sure that everything ran smoothly from registration to clean up.
The committee would like to send a special thank you to the amazing staff at the Pocono Raceway. They went above and beyond for Autism Speaks at every turn. We were thrilled to partner with both Sandy Deleon and Dan Dougherty and we look forward to our walk next year.
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