More than 350 families, friends, and supporters participated in our 5th Annual Oregon Walk Now for Autism Speaks event on Sunday, September 22nd at Alpenrose Dairy in Portland. Braving the constant threat of rain and quite a few wind gusts on the first official day of fall, teams came out to support our Oregon efforts!
Our day started with the wonderful people at Alpenrose Dairy helping us set up the event space and then bringing fantastic ice cream and chocolate milk for families to enjoy post Walk. We also had the wonderful support of Safeway, not only with generous grants to support our local efforts, but also the incredible donation of post-Walk water and snacks to fuel our supporters!
Big thank you to the Tiffany Autism Foundation who generously donated $40,000 to our Oregon Walk efforts! Their amazing team came out in force and had their picture taken as our official Start line kickoff after a wonderful check presentation during our Opening Ceremonies. Thank you to Craig Tiffany for being our wonderful Emcee for this year’s event and helping our special guest, Timber Joey, to lead the teams in a pre-Walk Hokey Pokey warm up!
We also want to thank our wonderful sponsors. Alpenrose Dairy, The Tiffany Autism Foundation, Uptown Hardware’s Pearl and Woodstock Locations, Safeway, Nike, The Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Care Foundation, Pete’s Mountain, Atlas Motors Auto World, Bulldog Capital, Tiffany Home Design, and Friends of Connor!
Another wonderful group we want to recognize are our Grand Club! Sherry Cook, Vicki Nichols, Kristi Notz, Kimberly Shaar, Carlton Stuebing, Wendy Meeuwsen, Omar Shaar, Duane Cook, Bill Kayser, Joy Whitmore, Kristy Price-Johnsen, Kelly Horton, Michael Eck, Dylan Tiffany, Connor Tiffany, Audrey Tiffany, Brittainy Tiffany, Martin Van Wagner, and Tristan Stout all raised $1,000 (or more) individually to be part of this exclusive group!
With our projected totals, our teams, sponsors, and supporters have raised more than $109,000 in support of Autism Speaks’ mission to fund research, increase awareness and family services and advocate for individuals with autism and their families. This puts us just $1,000 away from our goal! This would have never been possible without the leadership, dedication, and passion, of our Volunteer Chair, Joy Whitmore! She has gone above and beyond this year to make Oregon hit the six-figure raised mark for the first time! Also, thank you to Kristi Notz, Jim Sellers, Diana Cerasin, and all of our early morning set-up (and take-down) volunteers who made the event amazing!
Be sure to check out our full selection of event pictures we will be posting soon from our generous, in-kind photographer, ItkPic Photography and Shealyn Stout, by liking our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AutismSpeaks.Portland