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2011 Dallas/Fort Worth Walk Now for Autism Speaks Recap 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 View Comments

Wind could not blow away the excitement of Walk Day on Saturday, November 12th.  Nearly 8,500 walkers (3,000 families) came together to join us for the 8th Annual Dallas/Fort Worth Walk Now for Autism Speaksat QuikTrip Park/AirHogs Stadium in Grand Prairie, Texas. This 8th Annual Walk has raised over $400,000 dollars and counting!

Flagged tents recalling visions of the Chronicles of Narnia greeted us as Terry Edwards (Elvis) serenaded and danced with participants who also enjoyed plenty of family-friendly entertainment including:

  • Emcees Garry Seith from CBS11 and Shoboy, MEGA 107.5’s award-winning morning DJ
  • Grisham Farms Therapy Zoo
  • 501st Legion - Star Garrison, North TX Squad
  • The Kids on the Block puppets (Thx Garland ISD!)
  • Dallas Museum of Art special programs
  • Cindi Sanders Balloon Artist
  • Bryan Lankford of Spellbinding Entertainment
  • Geoffrey the Giraffe
  • Chester the Cheetah

The Walk also featured a Community Resource Fair with local autism-related service providers, a Parents Resources Tent sponsored by Therapy 2000 and an Autism Speaks Information area.

We want to thank our national Walk sponsors Toys”R”Us & Babies”R”Us as well as our local sponsors: FelCor Lodging Trust, FedEx, Rothstein Kass, Therapy 2000, Carino’s Italian Restaurants, KidsCare Therapy, 21st Century Insurance, Partners Resource Network, CBS11/TXA21, Mega 107.5, 103.7 LITE FM, North Texas Child Publications and a special thanks to PepsiCo and FritoLay for great snacks and drinks for all!

A very special thank you to our wonderful committee led by honorary chair, Rick Smith of FelCor Lodging Trust, Joey Barton and Adrienne Bransky and all of the Walk day volunteers and participants that supported Autism Speaks and came out to support our families and friends that live with autism every day.

For more photos of the Walk, visit our Facebook page at


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