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2012 Greater Abilene Walk Now for Autism Speaks 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 View Comments

The 8th annual Greater Abilene Walk Now for Autism Speaks was held Saturday, April 14th at the Abilene Zoo in Texas.  Elvis, doing a return engagement to our Walk, blew into town that morning on strong winds from the East and kept the 3000 attendees rocking and rolling!  Because of the growth in participation, the Walk was still through the Zoo, but our Walk chairs, Melissa Richardson and Jenny Frazier, and their committee, moved most of the activities to outside the Zoo entrance next to the lake.  What a perfect setting to be inspired by our young people as they led our program. 

  • Taylor Trevino led us in the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag and to the Texas Flag
  • Konner Frazier and his 2nd grade classmates led us in singing the national anthem.  There wasn’t a dry eye left – it was beautiful!
  • Our Resource Fair had nearly 30 participants, more than ever before!
  • Grand Club Pins and Blue Crowns were presented to 9 adults, 5 children and a clown!
  • The giraffes did not eat the banners this year, but they tried!

To date, we have raised more than $80,000 and we will continue fundraising in order to reach our $121,000 goal.  The big news is, this year, the West Texas Walks have passed $1,000,000 raised since the first Walk 8 years ago! If you would like any further information, please contact Pat Robbins at 866-409-6227, or by email at


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