The 4th Annual Oregon Walk Now for Autism Speaks took place on Saturday, August 25th in Willamette Park in Portland. Greeted by sun and temperatures in the 70s, over 600 people came out to support Autism Speaks, receive information from our resource fair, and play in the fantastic Kids Activity Area!
The day featured not only great weather but Timber Joey from the Portland Timbers. Wonderful groups such as Happy Cup Coffee passed out free coffee to all of our attendees while Safeway graciously donated all of the water, snacks, and items for our Grand Club goodie bags! Joe’s Crab Shack was also on hand sharing the news of their new partnership with Autism Speaks.
Under the leadership of Chair, Kristi Moreland, and Co-Chair, Joy Whitmore, our 4th Annual Walk raised more money Walk day than ever before! Thanks to our sponsors (Uptown Hardware, Tiffany Autism Foundation, Safeway, Oregon Gymnastics Academy, Fairplay Realty Elite, Pete's Mountain, Harold & Arlene Schnitzer Care Foundation, and Happy Cup Coffee), our teams and volunteers, we have over $94,000 in confirmed funds that will be coming in the following weeks. That puts us only $12,000 away from our goal of $106,000 – to break the $100,000 mark for the first time!
If you are interested in seeing or posting pictures from the Walk, check out our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AutismSpeaks.Portland. To give a donation and keep in touch with our grand total, go to our Walk website – http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/oregon or send in your forms and donations to the Pacific Northwest Office.
For more information, you can contact Justin Wieging in the local Autism Speaks Pacific Northwest Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (866) 362-6227.
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