An estimated 6,250 participated in Orlando’s Walk Now for Autism Speaks on November 9th at Cranes Roost Park. This 9th annual Walk had special appearances by the Chick-Fil-A Cow, Rainforest Café’s Cha!Cha, clowns, balloon artists and more! Live performances by songwriter/singer Starr Fields, selections by Orange Blossoms Chorus and nearly a dozen other stage guests entertained throughout the morning.
To date, the event raised more than $200,000 in support of Autism Speaks’ mission to fund research, increase awareness and family services and advocate for individuals with autism and their families.
Team Village hosted teams who each raised more than $1500 and Grand Club individuals who each raised $1000 and more. In total, nearly 400 friends & family members represented 19 teams and 16 Grand Club recipients. Everyone at this year’s Team Village were invited to enjoy exclusive food, entertainment and kid’s activities, as well as their own Team TV photographer.
The Resource fair included 55 community Resource Vendors, old friends and new. As always, it was the place to be throughout the morning. Families leisurely strolled through the Fair, garnering new information for parents while the kids enjoyed fun and games offered by each Resource vendor.
Out top sponsors and supporters, Dunkin Donuts ($27,362) and Joe’s Crab Shack ($92,745) both presented on-stage checks representing their local contributions.
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