Posted by: Autism Speaks | June 14, 2010

2010 Blair County Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Over 350 individuals came out on a beautiful, hot, sunny day in Altoona, PA to participate in the 6th Annual Blair County Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the Blair County Ball Park on Saturday, June 12th

The Walk, chaired by Amanda Boland and Charla Brumbaugh, raised over $40,000 with donations still arriving. To date, the Blair County Walk has raised more than $300,000 since its inception in 2005.

Participants walked 3 miles (12 laps) around the warning track of the ball park and were treated to an amazing lunch following the event.  Food donations were sponsored by Olive Garden, Frito Lay, Heidleburg Country Club, Jim Post and Keystone Banquet and many more local area businesses.  Local Walk Sponsors included Greater Union Beneficial, FBR, AERI, SP McCarl & Co., Concept Foods and the Altoona Curve.

Entertainment was provided not only by Geoffrey the Giraffe from Toys”R”Us, but also from various local service providers, which included face painting and many other sensory activities. The Walk was kicked off by recognizing Grand Club Members (individuals who registered and fundraised $1,000 or more prior to Walk Day), including Tashia Woods, Darin Claar, Rebecca Nearhoof, The Whiting Family and Marian Shaffer.

A huge thanks to all the individuals who came out in support of the Walk. Special recognition to Rob Egan and Mike Pence from the Altoona Curve who each and every year help with the Walk Day Logistics.

For more information about the Walk, visit our website at

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