The Volusia Walk Now for Autism Speaks
, begun in 2010 as an off-shoot of the Orlando Walk
, was founded by a dedicated group of parents and has grown in to an established Walk
of its own. More than 1000 people joined together on November 16th, 2013 for the Walk Now for Autism Speaks
at the Kenneth Parker Amphitheater and City Center. This 3rd annual Walk
had special appearances by Autism Speaks' good friend & amazing singer, Bethany! A group of young students from MuSool Academy of Martial Arts exhibited their skills to the delight of the audience during opening stage activities. Mike & Steve entertained throughout the morning with live music & song.
To date, the event raised more than $77,000 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 130 friends & family members represented 7 teams and 7 Grand Club recipients. Everyone at this year's Team Village were invited to enjoy exclusive food and tented, table seating.
The Resource fair included 15 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.
This year's Walk was chaired by Crystal Roddy. Tina Farbolin served as this year's lead volunteer and Kathleen Davis, served as Resource Fair Chairman.