Posted by: Autism Speaks | September 23, 2010

2010 Western New England Walk Now for Autism Speaks

On Sunday, September 19th, over 3,000 partcipants came out to Stanley Park for the 8th Annual Western New England Walk Now for Autism Speaks.  The Walk raised over $94,000 in support of Autism Speaks’ initiatives!

We are all so thankful for the gorgeous weather this year, and for Natalie from CBS 3 who joined us in celebration and in our efforts to fight for a better future for those affected by autism. All of the walkers enjoyed snacks from Bachman Pretzels and coffee from Will Avery.

A live performance from the Berkshire Hills School was a perfect way to start the day.  The Berkshire Hills Music are a private post-secondary school providing young adults who have learning or developmental disabilities the opportunity to live in a collegiate setting and acquire independent living skills while developing their musical potential.  Elca, a person with aspergers, led us to the opening ceremony by singing the National Anthem.  There were plenty of activities to participate in as well as a demonstration by Inner Circle Self-Defense.  A great time was had by all!

Thank you to our Walk committee lead by co-chairs, Bryan Mahoney and Melissa Verne, who helped make the Western New England Walk a huge success!!

For more information about the Walk, please visit our Facebook page.

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