WASHINGTON, DC (October 5, 2014) --
The 14th Annual DC Walk Now for Autism Speaks
took place on the National Mall on Sunday, October 5th in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol Building and featured not only elected officials but also noteworthy celebrities. The sunny fall day attracted approximately 10,000 individuals and raised $500,000 and counting.
Congressman Chris Van Hollen, the U.S. Representative for Maryland's 8th congressional district, addressed the crowd to show his support of the organization’s mission and progress made towards changing the future for all who struggle with autism. Netflix’s House of Cards Lamont Easter also said a few words to energize walkers before they cut the starting line banner to walk the two mile route.
In addition to Congressman Van Hollen and Easter, Officer Laurie Reyes and Tara Wimmer of the Montgomery County Police Department were recognized for their efforts earlier in the week when they located 24 year old Tijuani Stone, a young man with autism who had wandered from Fredrick to Laurel, Maryland, and had been missing for six days.
The morning began and continued long after the actual walk, as Master of Ceremonies Diamond Boy Luis from El Zol brought singers, performers and zumba dancers all on stage. The Washington soccer team’s talon mascot from DC United posed for pictures with families as they enjoyed the Kid’s Corner and Resource Fair complete with an array of service providers ready to help families with young children and adults on the spectrum. Top sponsors who played a major role in making the day a success, included Lindsay Automotive Group, Shoe City, Collaborative Solutions and Koons Toyota as well as a number of other top teams dedicated to the cause.
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