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Autism Speaks in the National Capital Area

September 09, 2008

Autism Speaks opened its new National Capital Area chapter office on 1990 K Street in Washington, D.C. late this summer. This is the sixth chapter office for the leading autism advocacy organization in the United States.

Local chapter board president Joe Galli and his business partners at The Bernstein Companies donated the building's impressive signage (left) which was hung earlier this week on September 4 to mark the chapter's opening.

The new chapter's inaugural board will convene for the first time next week with a total of nine members

from the community participating. The new board members are Eugene Waldron, Senior Vice President, Capital Guardian Trust Company; Mike Lindsay, President, Lindsay Automotive Group; Valerie Hu, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, George Washington University Medical Center ; Steven Garchik, President, SJM Partners, Inc.; Marc Duber, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The Bernstein Companies; C. Robert Dalrymple, Esq., Partner, Linowes & Blocher; Peter Beveridge, President and CEO,; and Adam Bernstein, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Bernstein Companies.

“The purpose of the local chapter board will be to implement the national goals of Autism Speaks,” said Joe Galli. “Our new board members have already set an example of what we should do for our children and adults dealing with autism. We want to do more and inspire others to help us fight for a cure.”

The chapter's signature event will be November 8th's
D.C. Walk Now for Autism.
The September 2 kick-off for the event, attended by over 300 people, set the tone for another million dollar walk this year on the National Mall. Mark Roithmayr, president of Autism Speaks, was the keynote speaker. “Our volunteers have been raising money in D.C. for over eight years, through our predecessor organizations,” he said. “Our volunteers have had a tremendous impact here, and we are so pleased to be able to provide them the support they deserve. You all ARE Autism Speaks in the National Capital Area.”

Ann Gibbons, Autism Speaks National Capital Area executive director, energizes the future Walk participants.

Autism Speaks President Mark Roithmayr addresses the attendees.