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The news is in - and it's great!

Over $1.2 million raised this weekend
April 23, 2007

The news is in – and it's great! Walk F.A.R. for NAAR had another banner weekend – raising over $1.2 million the weekend of June 7th and 8th from coast to coast.

Greater Delaware Valley:

Washington crossed the Delaware in a snowstorm and the National Alliance for Autism Research crossed it in the rain. The moral of the story is those who are determined persevere and are successful!

The Greater Delaware Valley Walk F.A.R. For NAAR event was held at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken, New Jersey on Saturday morning. Two thousand participants came out in the rain to Walk for autism research. The total raised to date is about $200,000 and still climbing. There were a lot of soggy envelopes to be counted!

NAAR is grateful to the leadership and vision of the Co-Chairs for this year's Walk F.A.R. For NAAR event – Frank and Nancy D'Amico and Todd and Debbie Schmidt. They took the South Jersey Walk event and broadened the geographical reach to incorporate the greater Philadelphia area, bringing the first-ever Walk to benefit autism research to Philadelphia.

Seattle, Washington:

Isn't it ironic? NAAR had 4 Walks this weekend – and 2 were soaking wet. Seattle is a typically rainy city – and there was nothing but sunshine for the Second Annual Seattle Walk F.A.R. For NAAR event on Sunday, June 8. Over 1,500 family and friends took Marymoor Park by storm. Led by CO-Chairs Lorie Thomas and Riyad Kirmy-Jones, the event was a success raising over $140,000 for NAAR.


Manhattanville College was hopping Sunday morning – with 7,000 people on hand to raise almost $500,000 for autism research! It was cloudy and muddy – but that didn't dampen the spirits of the walkers. Special thank you's go out to the Walk leadership – Angela Ditrio, Debbie Hilibrand and Debra Marchese – co-chairs, and John Spicer, CEO of Sound Shore Medical Center who served as the Corporate Recruitment Chair. Already this group is planning for bigger and better things in 2004.


Pittsburgh is where it all began – with NAAR's first Walk event in May 2000. Three years later the Walk was moved to Heinz Field – and it's a good thing – the crowd of 6,000 needed the extra space! To date over $415,000 has been raised for this year's Pittsburgh Walk – a total of $1.3 million has been raised in Pittsburgh in just 4 years! Special guests at the Walk included 4 Pittsburgh Steelers. NAAR is grateful to the Pittsburgh committee, led by Jim Edgar and Jackie Kulich, for its tireless efforts to ensure the continued success of the Pittsburgh Walk.

The Spring Walk season is ALMOST over...but not quite yet. Iowa's event will be held in Des Moines on Saturday, June 14.

For more information about Walk F.A.R. For NAAR visit us at or call 888-777-6227.

Each and every NAAR walk started as "an idea" – one person saying "I'd like there to be a Walk for autism research in MY city/community." Join NAAR in our continuing efforts to expand Walk F.A.R. For NAAR, and meeting the critical need to fund research and promote the need for more research. If you are interested in learning more about starting a Walk in your area please contact us at 888-777-6227 x14, or email us at Visit our website at for more information about the National Alliance for Autism Research.