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Pounding the Pavement with Purpose

Five Communities Raise Nearly $1 Million for NAAR
April 23, 2007

Call it a cross-country collaboration. Five communities across the United States held their Walk F.A.R. for NAAR events the weekend of June 11th and 12th. Together, they raised nearly $1 million dollars for autism research.
NAAR's last spring/summer Walk is coming up “across the pond” in London, England on July 10.

Walk F.A.R. for NAARis NAAR's signature fundraising and awareness effort. Each event is truly a team effort between the walkers, organizers, sponsors, fundraisers, team captains, committee members and volunteers. NAAR would like the thank everyone who gave their time and effort in New Jersey, Iowa, New York, Montana and California.

It is because of your support and dedication that we are able to make a difference each day in accelerating the pace of autism research.

Southern New Jersey

This community's 4th annual Walk F.A.R. for NAAR took place Saturday, June 11th at a new location-- Bishop's Gate Corporate Center in Mt. Laurel. 4,000 walkers turned out on a

hot, muggy day. But that did not dampen anyone's enthusiasm. They raised $245,000. Thanks to co-chairs Kathy Meade and Ruthann Johnson


More than 500 people turned out Saturday, June 11th at Gray's Lake in Des Moines. It was the state's 4th annual Walk, and the area had a great time raising $70,000. Thanks to everyone for their involvement, especially Chairperson Ethel Faust.

Westchester Fairfield

It took months of planning, but the hard work certainly paid off in Westchester/Fairfield. Walkers came out in huge numbers to Manhattanville College in Purchase,

New York on Sunday, June 12th. They helped raise $500,000 --so far—with post-walk donations being accepted through the end of July. We're grateful to all the walkers, fundraisers, team captains, volunteers, sponsors and community supporters. Special thanks to co-chairs Robin Morris, Alison Singer and Linda Talbert, as well as logistics chair Nancy McCarthy.


The Treasure State proved how valuable it is, with its inaugural Walk F.A.R. for NAAR. Hundreds of people turned out Sunday, June 12th at Gibson Park in Great Falls and helped raise $15,000for biomedical research. Everyone is already talking about next year. Thanks to chairperson Kelly Marino, logistics chair Penny Martin, as well as honorary chairs Dr. White and Cindy Ceiluch.

San Diego

They were partying for a purpose at Coors Amphitheater in San Diego. On Sunday, June 12th, hundreds went walking for NAAR. The 2nd annual walk in this area raised more than $155,000. Post-walk donations are still being

accepted. We're thankful to chairpersons David and Katrina DeRoche as well as all the members of this year's Honorary Board.


Stay tuned for details on the inaugural walk in London. Hundreds are expected July 10th at Windsor Park. We wish everyone luck and we'll keep you posted.

See our Fall Walk Calendar – register today for a Walk near you. If you can attend a KICKOFF event this summer in anticipation of a Walk, DO SO. Kickoffs are great opportunities to meet other people committed to autism research, learn more about NAAR – who we are and what we do- as well as get a jumpstart on our fundraising efforts.

Forinformation on all NAAR WALK events, CLICK HERE or visit