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2012 Treasure Coast Walk Now for Autism Speaks 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 View Comments

Almost 1,000 families and individuals joined Autism Speaks for its 4th annual Treasure Coast Walk Now for Autism Speaks event. The Walk took place on Saturday, April 21st at Riverside Park in Vero Beach, FL. With a cool breeze and welcomed sunny skies, families covered the park with tents, lawn chairs, strollers, blankets, and signs to raise autism awareness and celebrate their children. Together, the Treasure Coast Community helped raise nearly $45,000 for Autism Speaks to date, with more coming in every day!

Volunteers from all over Treasure Coast showed up bright and early Saturday morning to prepare for the coming festivities. The morning filled with family fun including a demonstration by the Vero Beach Karate Association as well as the incredible dancing skills of Palm Beach Gardens Fire Department!  Don with Laf-A-Lot Entertainment joined us as our DJ and emcee. We kicked off the Walk with local celebrity, Patricia Moody singing and signing the national anthem followed by Team Brody cutting the ribbon! Afterwards, the walkers enjoyed donated foods from Riverside Café, Brain Freeze, and Marco’s Pizza while enjoying the musical styling of the Indian River Charter High School Jazz Band.  There were also plenty of local entertainers donating their time for the day including Laf-A-Lot, Starlite Princess Parties, Faces by Jenna and Uncle John the magician and balloon artist.

The community resource fair represented community partners including the Florida Atlantic University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, the College Internship Program, New York Life Insurance Co., Legacy Behavior Solutions and Coastal behavior Analysis, LLC.

Thank you to the 2012 sponsors including South Florida Ford, George E. Warren Corporation, Ace Hardware of Vero Beach and Orchid Island, Norris & Company Real Estate, Jarrod Owen Premier Agents Group, Palm Island Plantation and Gould Cooksey Fennel, P.A.

A big thank you to our incredible Walk Chair, Steve Owen II, our amazing Walk Committee and outstanding volunteers! For more pictures and information about the Walk, please visit our Facebook page at


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