The 12th Annual Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speaks took place this past Sunday, September 30 at Suffolk Downs in East Boston. Despite the wet weather, more than 18,000 Walkers took to the track to celebrate their incredible fundraising, with more than $870,000 raised to date!
The day’s events were kicked off by Randy Price, WCVB anchor and Hank Morse of 105.7 WROR, longtime supporters who warmed up the crowd during the Opening Ceremony. Walkers were treated to the musical talents of Patrick Linehan, an 18 year old young adult enrolled in the 12th grade at the CHARMS Collaborative program at Sharon High School, performing a stirring rendition of the National Anthem on his keyboard. Christopher Duffley, a 10 year old boy who is blind and has autism, performing a remarkable version of “Lean of Me.” Oen Kennedy provided Walkers with an inspirational and sensory friendly musical throughout the day as they circled the track.
Liz Feld, President of Autism Speaks; Larry Cancro, Chairman of the Autism Speaks Greater Boston Board of Directors and Senior Vice President of Fenway Affairs of the Boston Red Sox; and Sean O’Brien, President of Teamsters Local 25 addressed Walkers and thanked the thousands in attendance for braving rainy conditions in support of this critical mission. They were joined by members top new fundraising team “Lyric’s Champs,” members of the Boston University hockey team, and Geoffrey, representing national corporate partner Toys “R’ Us to cut the ceremonial Start banner to kick off the Walk!
The Resource Fair presented by Lindt included nearly 40 vendors from around Boston with information and activities. In addition, we were joined by some of our wonderful corporate partners, Toys”R”Us, the TJX Companies, Uno Chicago Grill, the Boston Red Sox, WCVB-TV The Boston Channel and 105.7 WROR. At registration, the Evergreen Center distributed shirts and Beacon Services lead fun activities in the Kids’ Korner. Among the highlights were the pizza, hotdogs, and salad served by UNO Chicago Grill, who is currently running a promotion through October 7 in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Customers that present a “Doughraiser” coupon will have 20% of their dinner check donated to Autism Speaks!
We owe a huge congratulations and thank you to Melissa Voto, Greater Boston Committee Chair, and all members of the Greater Boston Committee for their tireless effort and dedication throughout the year. To get more involved in the Greater Boston Community, contact Mike DeGuglielmo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-461-8868.
The 12th Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speaks ceremonial banner is cut by (FROM Left to Right) Wade Megan, Boston University Men’s Hockey Captain; members from the top new Walk team “Lyric’s Champs;” Ryan Ruikka, Boston University Men’s Hockey Assistant Captain; Larry Cancro, Autism Speaks Greater Boston Board Chair; Liz Feld, President, Autism Speaks; and Geoffrey representing national corporate sponsor Toys R Us.
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