It was a crisp and sunny day for the 2015 Baltimore Walk Now for Autism Speaks at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, November 14th. Approximately 5,000 people attended the event to raise awareness and raise funds to meet the $290,000 goal to help support Autism Speaks’ mission of changing the future for all who struggle with autism. Families visited autism service providers in the Resource Fair with 30 booths and also enjoyed stage activities before the walk began at 10 AM. Thankfully, Danzatone warmed everyone up with zumba moves before they set out on the winding walk route around Camden Yards and Ravens Walk.
Mary Beth Marsden from WBAL participated as the Walk’s Master of Ceremonies and introduced three local elected officials who each addressed the crowd, including Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott, Delegate Arianna Kelly and Congressman Chris Van Hollen, one of two congressional members from Maryland who serve on the autism caucus. In addition, Shoe City, PayPal and Course for a Cause publicly presented checks to Autism Speaks and were recognized as some of the top sponsors who made the day possible. Bob’s Furniture not only donated money to support the cause but also donated six leather recliners to six lucky walkers through a raffle.
Other key sponsors include Northwestern Mutual, Amerigroup, McCormick & Company, Papa John's Pizza, The Shafer Center, University of Maryland Medical System, Drink More Water, Natelli Communications, Utz, Yazoo Mills, Curry Architects, Rosedale Federal, Trellis and Shenandoah Springs. A huge thanks to the amazing volunteers, especially the Alpha Xi Deltas from Towson University, and the extraordinary top five teams, Brennan’s Brigade, Alpha Xi Delta Towson University, Hank Rocks, Chesapeake Bay Middle School Cougars and Team Shafer Center.
Though the Walk is over, Autism Speaks still encourages individuals and families affected by autism to register for the next event, which is the Autism Speaks Baltimore Employment Town Hall set to take place from 6-8:30 pm on Wednesday, December 2nd at the League for People with Disabilities. Learn more and register today for this free event