Over 1,900 participants came out in support of the 8th Annual Laurel Highlands Walk Now for Autism Speaks annual event. This year’s Walk was once again held at Idlewild Park and Story Book Forest in Ligonier, PA. Participants enjoyed a sunshine filled day with food, fun and entertainment provided by The Hollow Tree Players and entertainers from Stage Right!
Congratulations to Walk Chairs, Bridget Fulmer and Rebecca Quel exceeding their $73,000 Walk goal and raising $76,000 with donations till expected to roll in! Special recognition to our Top Teams: Helping Hands, Monkey Business, Hunter's Helpers, Walking for the Boys 7, Hopeful Hearts and Loving Arms, Highlands Hospital Center for Autism, Following Gordon's Beat, Parker's Paraders, Austin's Army, NHS Team Voices for Autism, FBR and AERI's H.O.P.E. for Tomorrow Team, Aidan and Jacob: Our Heroes, and Sole Steppers. Also, a special shout out to our Grand Club Members: Chris Fabian, Susan Gaffron, Howard McBeth, Kelly Most, Rebecca Quel, Melanie Richter.
We would like to thank all of the service providers that attended and our amazing sponsors that helped to make the Laurel Highlands Walk possible. The Community Resource Fair featured 9 service providers focused on helping families affected by autism. Our National Sponsors, Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us were in attendance with Geoffrey the Giraffe. Our local corporate sponsors including AERI, Family Behavioral Resources, NHS, Cliff's Carpet, Nationwide, West Penn Power, Excela, Med Express all help to make our event successful and many sponsors also had a walk team!
A huge thank you to all of the Walk day volunteers who helped to make the day run smooth and a huge shout out to the volunteers from Southmoreland High School.
We are so grateful to all of all participants who worked hard for months leading up to the Walk and to all of those who will continue to work through the year’s end to raise much-needed awareness and funds in support of our mission. For more information about the Walk, visit us at www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/laurelhighlands.