The 1st Annual Montana Walk Now for Autism Speaks event took place on Sunday, September 9th in the wonderful Laurel Sports Complex! Greeted by sun and temperatures in the 90s, over 1000 people came out to support Autism Speaks and their first official Autism Speaks Walk for the state of Montana!
The day featured not only great weather and Geoffrey from Toys "R" Us, but the fantastic teams like Team Seth and Team Gavin who volunteered so much time before and after the Walk to make sure everything was an amazing success! We had an amazing opening ceremony with Seth (from Team Seth) reciting the National Anthem and the wonderful Miss Montana sharing her story of being on the autism spectrum! Such an inspiring morning!
Under the leadership of Chair, Susan Mauro (also Captain of Team Seth!), the Montana Walk raised over $26,000 in its first unofficial year in 2011. This year, they blew this out of the water with an estimated $88,000 raised to date! This is due in no small part by an anonymous donor giving a one time gift of $35,000 to support Team Seth and Susan. What amazing generosity! Even with that tremendous donation, our dedicated community truly rallied and brought in double what they did all of last year prior to the Walk, making their first official year as a “dot on the map” one for the record books!
We also want to thank our amazing sponsors - Laurel Community Education, Billings Sportsplex, In Good Glazes, K-Bear, First Interstate Bank, Yellowstone, Boys & Girls Ranch, Carmart 360 , Ashley Furniture Homestore, Roadwatch Montana, Brewer Dental , Da-Vi Nails in Laurel, Biolife, Sunshine Academy , Pediatric Therapy Clinic, Inc., Blue Skies Pediatric Therapy, J & M Trailer Sales/Napa Auto Parts, Billings School District, Susan Mauro Community Ed Fitness Classes, Therapy Connections, LLC, STEP, Inc., Easter Seals-Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain, Inc., and the Billings Clinic!
If you are interested in seeing pictures from the Walk when they uploaded, check out our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AutismSpeaks.Montana. To give a donation and keep in touch with our grand total, go to our Walk website – http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/montana 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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