The Annual Oklahoma Walk Now for Autism Speaks took place at the East Wharf Children’s Park on beautiful Lake Hefner on Saturday, October 6th, with 600 people in attendance. The day brought with it some bitterly cold temperatures, but the smiles on the faces warmed all of our hearts just a bit. To date we have raised $33,750, with donations continuing to come in as we reach for our goal through the end of the year. We’re so close and need everyone’s help to get there!
Special thanks to 96.1 KXY Classic Country, who provided the tunes for the day, and our emcee John, and to Geoffrey the Giraffe for making an appearance during the Walk, and to Angie Nolte-Jarvis for reading the proclamation making the day ‘Autism Awareness Day’ in the city of Oklahoma City. A huge THANK YOU to Walk Chairs Sylvia Roberts and Jessica Carter, all of the volunteers (families and AXD ladies), and a special shout out to the entire Oklahoma Walk Committee Members for making this Walk so successful for the families of the region.
From the fun of snow cones, to the bubbles, facepainting, bean bag toss, bound house, team photos, and food, the walkers had so much to choose from thanks to the generous donations of so many local companies and families – including the cookies from Akin’s Natural Foods and water from Sonic Restaurants.
Kudos go out to our 8 Grand Club members, who were called to the stage to receive their commemorative pin.
The Community Resource Fair featured local providers and many of our wonderful sponsors were on site, including Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us,
We’re so grateful to all of our participants who worked so hard for months leading up to the Walk, all of our Walk day volunteers – including the amazing work of the AXD and Iota Delta students and faculty, and to those who will continue to work through year’s end to raise much-needed awareness and funds in support of our mission as we reach for our $37,000 goal.
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