(September 27, 2014) -- Over 2,500 participants celebrated at the Richmond Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the Richmond International Raceway on September 27th. Not only was the weather perfect with sunny skies but also a tremendous amount of both awareness and funds were raised with over $100,000 and counting raised to date.
The event featured TV personality Ava-Joye Burnett from WRIC, special performances by the Diggity Dudes and Marianne Kelley’s School of Dance. Sponsors, including the Hughes Center, Dominion Equipment Parts, Grafton Integrated Health Network, Zac Cobb Photography, Pitt Ohio and others contributed to the day’s success. The morning also featured a guest appearance by Nutzy the Flying Squirrel, and food donated by Martin’s, Whole Foods, and UTZ. Teams represented their team t-shirts proudly during the t-shirt parade and walked laps around the racetrack, completing three miles as they walked.
Following the Walk, Autism Speaks’ Director-State Government Affairs, Judith Ursitti, hosted a “Next Steps In Virginia” advocacy lunch talk with members from Virginia Autism Project and other groups. Over 30 people attended the session to talk about autism insurance reform in Virginia.
It was a great day at the Richmond International Raceway thanks to all the walkers, sponsors, and committee members who came out to support the 6th Annual Richmond Walk Now for Autism Speaks! You can find more photos from their walk here.