30,000 participants came out on Sunday, October 7 to support the Walk Now for Autism Speaks event at Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh, New York. So far we have raised over $1,100,000 (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 $1.7 Million and need your help to get there.
Congratulations to our 60 Top Teams who raised over $2,000 each – Partners in Hope for Nicholas, Tyler W, Jonathan Ryan's Team, Team Sumera, Team Lanese, LOVE FOR DYLAN, Ryan H, Walk for Jack, Matthew's Buddies, Riley's Team and Edward's Army just to name a few.
Congratulations to our 117 Grand Club Members, who raised a minimum of $1,000 each – Alison and Michael Giangregorio, Michael and Keri Just, Yousuf Saeed, Tyler Wittels, Daniel Ryan, Heather Rogoff Angstreich, Kathleen Lanese, Lori and Steven Hason, Cindy & David Wittels, Susan and Lane Lehrhoff, Ed Nitkewicz, Lisamarie Ricigliano, Jonathan Ryan, and Sarah Kirsch to just name a few. There is still time to become members of both of these elite clubs.
Special thanks to:
Our countless in-kind sponsors who donated their special treats such as White Castle and Bachmann Pretzels as well as Sheralven for storing all the refreshments prior to walk day.
Thank you to all of our stage and field performers: Oceanside Middle School, Brady Rymer, Joe Horowitz, Swing time Band, George Gallo, Fred Malone, (the human ipod), Tom Chapin and CJ Ramone. Thank you to the Empire Garrison, 501st Legion and High 4 Characters. Thank you to Glor Ne Ngael Pipe and Drum Long Island 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! Thank you to Femy Aziz and Steve Romero for capturing the faces and emotions of all the families that participated.
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
Rose Ann Walsh, Walk Event Manager, Long Island
Walk Chairs –Michael Giangregorio, Kathleen Lanese, Danny Ryan
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