With Hurricane Sandy barreling up the coast and memories of last year’s Walk day nor’easter still fresh in everyone’s mind, a record 6,000 walkers arrived to M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD on Saturday October 27th for the 8th annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Over 300 teams raised $274,500+ (still counting) under sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures. Baltimoreans love Halloween and Walk day was no exception. Participants came dressed in costume, kids and adults alike, and the morning included a costume parade and contest. Thank you to our 30 incredible resource providers who continue to support our families in the community and who participated with trick or treating as well as Walk teams.
Opening ceremonies were led by Mary Beth Marsden from WBAL radio, a long-time supporter of this Walk. Entertainment included Lisa Mathews and Mikel Gehl from Milkshake and Den Augoustatos with a KISS performance. Walk Co-chairs Beulah Sabundayo, Luisella McBride and Chris Manouse welcomed the crowd and introduced State Senator Kathy Klausmeier. A special shout out went to our incredible Alpha Xi Delta chapters across the country who have raised over $1 million to support Autism Speaks since joining our cause. Baltimore area Alpha Xi Delta’s were well represented as strong fundraisers and volunteers on Walk day.
Thanks to our local sponsors, The Course for the Cause, PGA-Middle Atlantic Section, DHL (Team Village Sponsor), The Shafer Center (Kids Area Sponsor), DaVita, McKennon Shelton & Henn LLP, Rosedale Federal, Capital One, ClearChannel Outdoor, Comcast Newsmakers, WBAL TV, WBAL Radio, Milkshake & Hard Rock Café.
Team Village, sponsored by DHL, was bigger than ever with 25+ teams and 30 Grand Club members. A number of teams took advantage of the beautiful morning and enjoyed their own tailgating party. Thank you to Joe’s Crab Shack, Bagels ‘N Grinds and Java Cruiser for providing the food for Team Village. The Kids Area, sponsored by the Shafer Center, was also a big hit with pumpkins, face painting and plenty of games to play.
Many thanks to our Baltimore Walk Committee for their countless hours of work on behalf of our families!
For more information please contact Event Director Susan Pereles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-461-0990.
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