More than 3,000 of attendees participated in 8th annual Tennessee Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, October 24th at Centennial Park - Parthenon in Nashville. Thousands gathered and collected information from local resource providers, children enjoyed yard games including giant jenga and connect four, face painting, arts & crafts and jumped away on inflatables. Logan Blade opened the event with a special performance before Kelly Rippin and Jennifer Waddell of Fox 17 welcomed the crowd for the opening ceremonies. Special thanks to Sen. Jeff Yarbro & Sen. Dickerson for their continued support of autism services in Tennessee. Top walkers and fundraisers lead the countdown and cut the ribbon as walkers enjoyed a brisk 1 mile walk around Centennial Park, Parthenon before returning to hear a special guest singer, Andrew Salgado. Star Wars fans enjoyed taking selfies with their favorite characters from the 501st Legion. Walkers stopped by the Autism Speaks tent to collect important information on resources, signed petitions at autism votes and purchased Autism Speaks Swag at the Autism Speaks Merchandise tent. While rain moved in late in the morning, it was a perfect morning for a walk!
To date, the event raised more than $70,000 in support of Autism Speaks’ mission to fund research, increase awareness and family services and advocate for individuals with autism and their families.
Special thanks to all who attended - the 2015 Walk Committee, Sponsors and committed volunteers who made this event possible.