The annual Fort Wayne Walk Now for Autism Speaks took place at the Allen County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 13th , with 750 people in attendance, and featured a beautiful sunny sky by the time the Walk start rolled around. To date we have raised $29,500, with donations continuing to come in as we reach for our $30,000 goal through the end of the year.
Special thanks to our emcees Sandy Thompson, and to Geoffrey the Giraffe for making an appearance during the Walk, and to the city for proclaiming the day ‘Autism Awareness Day’ in the city of Fort Wayne, and to IHOP for the delicious pancake breakfast. A huge THANK YOU to Walk Co-Chairs Jessie Keesler and Carleen Park, all of the volunteers, and a special shout out to the entire Fort Wayne Walk Committee Members for making this Walk so successful for the families of the region.
From the fun of all the kids activities, to the sweet music from the instruments, 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. And to Lazy K Golf Carts for donating the golf cart for Geoffrey to ride around the Walk route!
Kudos go out to our 3 Grand Club members, who were called to the stage to receive their commemorative pin.
The Community Resource Fair featured 12 local providers and many of our wonderful sponsors were on site, including Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us and Hopebridge Pediatric Specialists.
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, 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 $30,000 goal.
Candid photo shots from Walk day can be found HERE.
Team Photos will be up on this same link soon.
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