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2012 New York City Walk Now for Autism Speaks 

Thursday, June 7, 2012 View Comments

25,000 participants came out on Sunday, June 3 to support the Walk Now for Autism Speaks event at the South Street Seaport, in New York City.  So far we have raised over $700,000 (and counting!) to fund the most promising autism research, advance advocacy, provide family services, and raise autism awareness.  We are so close to our goal of $1.2 Million and need your help to get there. 

Congratulations to our 45 Top Teams who raised over $2,500 each – Barclays, Anthony’s Team, Teneo walks for Brandon, Walking for Daniel, Joey’s Team just to name a few.   Congratulations to our 111 Grand Club Members, who raised a minimum of $1,000 each – Teresa Flynn, Anthony Cerabone, Emma Roithmayr, Alex Gosin, and Neil Begley to just name a few.  There is still time to become members of both of these elite clubs. 

Special thanks to: 

  • Our National Sponsors, Toys “R”Us and Babies“R”Us who came out with a team and a sample of their Differently Abled Toys for children on the spectrum.
  • Our Local Sponsors:  Barclays, Extended Home Care, Rothstein Kass, Men on the Move
  • Our Day of Sponsors:  Gary Mayerson & Associates – Resource Fair Sponsor, Zenith Media – Start Line Sponsor, BBDO – Stage Sponsor

Amway -Finish Line sponsor, and Victory World Wide Transportation – Start line sponsor

  • Our countless in-kind sponsors who donated their special treats such as White Castle and Coca Cola as well as Bachmann Pretzels.

Thank you to all of our stage and field performers:  Brady Rymer, Jim Thorpe H.S., Hunter College H.S. Jazz Band, Broadway Bodies, and the Family Parish Players, High 4 Characters, and the juggling clowns who wowed the crowd with their special skills.   Thank you to Wagner H.S. marching band for leading the walk and directing everyone with a great beat!

Thank you to all of our volunteers who enabled the day to run smoothly and reinforced that:  Many Hands Make Light Work!

Last but not least – THANK YOU to all of our wonderful participants who attended.  There would not be an event without you!  Thank you for your continued support and giving up your Sunday morning to celebrate with us!!  Your support is greatly appreciated.

With gratitude and appreciation –

Autism Speaks Staff - Jena Greco, Walk Event Director, Metro NY

Walk Chair –Scott Springer

The NYC Community Leadership Committee – 

Angelica Atkins, Stephanie Bell, Sharon Brill, Joanne Goldberg, Kalimah Karim, Joanna Kass, Jennifer Lager, Lila Leonard, Michele Montanez, Kelly Noon,  Paul Oldenburg, Sharon O’Neill, Peter O’Neill, Alexandra Perelman, Karla Peterson, Joseph Rigazio, Deborah Robinson, Trish Rollins, Alison Wischusen, Kelsey White.

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