On January 26, 2016 over 90 returning and new team captains, as well as prospect supporters, from across Miami-Dade County attended the Autism Speaks Walk Miami 2015 Kickoff Party at the Hilton Miami Airport! Guests arrived to an exquisitely decorated cocktail reception --- featuring large blue puzzle pieces and large photos of LIUB iconic buildings from around the world --- to mingle, share fundraising ideas, and collect their Walk materials such as team captain guides, puzzle piece pin ups, and donation brochures.
The evening started with a festive music from DJ Carlos Leon of World Class Entertainment. Following the performance, Nathalie Rodriguez of I Heart Radio’s My 93.9 welcomed the audience and introduced the various speakers for the evening. Alpha Xi Delta’s national partnership for the Autism Speaks Walks was announced and several participating members of FIU’s Theta Xi Chapter were in attendance as guests and volunteers. Miami Board of Directors Chair, Albert Lopez, provided updates on the 10 years of progress Autism Speaks has made and recognized the latest Miami grant recipients, Miami is Kind and Miami Children’s Museum. The 2016 Walk Co-Chairs were introduced, Arturo Osorio and Joe Balerdi. They then recognized the 2016 Walk Committee and invited the whole audience to raise and surpass goal for the Miami Walk – $750,000. The audience also heard about very moving speeches from our 2016 Ambassador Family, the Sobrino Family of South Dade. Self-advocate, Nelson Alexander Sobrino, also spoke about his personal experience with autism and how he was recently elected president of the student government at his Somerset Academy school.
Attendees also were encouraged to register online on the Walk page, use the online fundraising tools available and matching gifts programs. Corporate and media sponsors to date were acknowledged, including Visionary Sponsor South Florida Ford, Sedano’s Supermarkets, City of Doral, our Regional Resource Fair Sponsor Butterfly Effects, IMUSA, Greenberg Traurig, MasTec, Topp Solutions, Ryder, SunTrust, FedEx, FPL, Mercantil Commercebank, Rand Marketing, Assurant, DHL, Patricia & Robert Cambo, Cindy & Mike Moran, BDO, Johnny Rockets, Baptist Health South Florida, Beckman Coulter, Perry Ellis International, Latin Agro-American Development, UM CARD, Raymond James – Whitehurst Group, FirstBank Florida, SEFANN, and Coconut Grove Bank. Media sponsors include Univision 23, Telemundo 51, CBS 4, NBC 6, Univision Radio, I Heart Media, and MIAMI GO.
Want to participate in their walk this year? CLICK HERE to order your event materials today! Miami Autism Speaks Walk will be on Sunday, April 10th, 2016 at Doral Central Park!