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2011 Orlando Walk Now for Autism Speaks Recap 

Thursday, November 17, 2011 View Comments

Saturday, November 12th started out as a chilly fall day but quickly warmed up as more than 5,000 Central Floridians arrived at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs for the 7th Annual Orlando Walk Now for Autism Speak event.

Not only did the Walk feature kid friendly characters, like Geoffrey the Giraffe, the Chick-Fil-A cow, and Dexter the dinosaur, it also featured a Community Resource Fair with local autism-related service providers enabling a one-stop shopping atmosphere for the local families and parents.

We would like to thank your local sponsors, Amerifactors, Massey Services, Landscape Structures, Winter Park Blue, BP AM/PM, and Starwood Vacation Ownership for helping us raise more than $225,000 towards our mission, as well as Uno Chicago Grill for serving free pizza, salad, hot dogs, and baked ziti, Dunkin Donuts for providing all of our coffee, donuts, and bagels, and to Pepsico for providing all of the water and soda for our dedicated walkers!

A very special thank you to our committee and their families led by volunteer co-chairs, Karen Thompson and Paul Ramirez for putting so much time and resources into making this event a success.

The Inaugural Volusia County Walk Now for Autism Speaks will be held on November 19th, a satellite Walk of Orlando’s event. If you are in the area, stop by the Kenneth W. Parker Amphitheater for more family fun!

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

For any further questions, please contact your Walk Events Director, Chelsea Robinson at 407.478.6330 or by emailing her at


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