Posted by: Autism Speaks | April 20, 2010

2010 Lehigh Valley Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks President Mark Roithmayr visits with Benjamin Ruschman of team Grape Jelly on Pizza.

With Star Wars characters riding in dramatically on fire trucks and Geoffrey the Giraffe from National Sponsors Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us presiding over the opening ceremonies, the ribbon cutting for the 4th Annual Lehigh Valley Walk Now for Autism Speaks was kicked off!  Walk Co-Chairs Nancy Miltenberger and Danielle Zmitrovich welcomed a crowd of 10,000 walkers to the Lehigh Parkway in Allentown, Penn.  Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski offered words of support on behalf of the City of Allentown.  We were thrilled that Autism Speaks President, Mark Roithmayr, was able to join us for Walk Day!  Mark thanked the crowd on behalf of Autism Speaks, and greeted thousands of walkers as they passed through the balloon arch to start the Walk.  More than $416,000 has been raised to date for the 2010 Walk.  More than $1.7 million has been raised for Autism Speaks in the Lehigh Valley since 2007!

Congratulations and thank you to our Top Teams to date: Double the Adventure, C.L.I.U. Piece by Piece, Grape Jelly on Pizza, Action for Jaxson and Logan Goes Walking!  Congratulations and thank you to our Top 5 Walkers to date: Daniel Garrou, Alicia & Mark Reiser, Carol Landis, Lorie Gallagher and Benjamin Ruschman, and to all of our Grand Club members.  Thank you to our Top Sponsors: Clear Channel Radio, 69 News, Josh Early Candies, The Morning Call, Air Products, Good Shepherd Home, Primerica Financial Services, Valley Preferred, and C N A Insurance.  Special thanks to Bob Holder and Mike Kelly from Clear Channel Radio, who served as our event emcees for the fourth year in a row.  Thank you to the Mercy Learning Center Chime Choir, who played a beautiful National Anthem on chimes.  A huge thank you to the Lehigh Valley Walk committee members, who work tirelessly year-round to make the Walk a success.   

To join our planning committee, please contact Jennifer Smith Rodrigues, Walk Director, at (609) 228-7339 or by e-mail at  For more pictures, visit our Lehigh Valley Facebook page at

10,000 Walkers walked for Autism Speaks at Lehigh Parkway in Allentown, Penn. – the largest walk-a-thon in the Lehigh Valley!


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