(WASHINGTON) - Despite a week filled with a potential government shutdown, hurricanes and floods, the 2015 DC Walk Now for Autism Speaks took place on October 3rd on the National Mall and was a great success. Though the conditions were damp and rainy, the spirits remained high among families and sponsors who raised funds as well as awareness for the mission of Autism Speaks, to change the future for all who struggle with autism.
A number of noteworthy figures took the stage including the Master of Ceremonies Barbara Harrison from NBC4, DC Councilman Charles Allen and representatives from the SunTrust Foundation who presented a check of $220,000 to support a national financial wellbeing program to help those with autism.
In addition, Danzatone’s Dance Fitness workout warmed up the crowd with dance moves and so did the band Say Something with lots of pop hits. Lindsay Automotive Group served as the event’s Presenting Sponsor. Other companies also contributed to making the day possible, the Carbonell Family Foundation, Shoe City, Bernstein Companies, Collaborative Solutions, Koons Annapolis, KPMG, Bank of Georgetown, National Children’s Center, Aerosoles, PhRMA, Butterfly Effects, UNOs Pizzeria and many others. The Autism Speaks National Capital Area chapter is already looking forward to next year’s Walk in fall 2016.