Posted by: Autism Speaks | November 11, 2009

Southwest Florida Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Ribbon cutting long

On Saturday, November 7, more than 3,000 people participated in the Southwest Florida Walk Now for Autism Speaks held at Estero Community Park. The seventh annual event raised over $140,000.

Under sunny skies, a number of teams laid out blankets, erected team tents and watched the Mighty Quint Band and other acts perform. Walkers were treated to cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones, giving the Walk a true fair feel! The Lee Memorial Health System Ronald McDonald CareMobile recently started free mobile autism screenings in Southwest Florida; the CareMobile was at the Walk to let families and professionals about the service.

For the past three years, Summit Church has been one of the largest fundraising teams. Summit kicked off the Walk, alongside several families impacted by autism, with the ribbon cutting. In addition to raising money for Autism Speaks, more than 200 members volunteered for the event and served over 1,000 hot dogs. More importantly, Summit’s outreach to families with autism extends beyond Walk day; they have provided training to their Sunday school teachers, preparing them to work with children with special needs. 

Special thanks go to Walk Chair Elly Hagen for the continued success of the event. Read more about the Walk here and become a fan of the Southwest Florida Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Facebook.



  1. I would like to Volunteer time and also be part of the walk on Nov. 7th. My manager Kerrie Kosmitis now Finneran got me involved in Orlando and I live in Ft Myers so I want to be part of the SWFLA area. As my company PAETEC will have a major part in sponsor or volunteering time can you please send me information. Thanks

    • I will forward your information to the Walk manager for the SWFL Walk. Thank you for your support! Patty

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