Posted by: Autism Speaks | September 29, 2010

2010 Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speaks

The 10th Annual Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speaks held on Sunday, September 26th at Suffolk Downs in East Boston was an incredible success.  Over 17,000 participants came out to enjoy the sunshine, entertainment, resource fair and support of the Greater Boston Autism Speaks Community.  The Greater Boston walkers, teams and sponsors have already raised over $850,000 with more money still coming in!

Representative Barbara L’Italien and President of Autism Speaks, Mark Roithmayr

Randy Price, WCVB News Anchor, and Hank Morse, 105.7 WROR Radio Personality, were the emcees for the day and kept the crowd motivated and inspired from the stage.  During the Opening Ceremony, we heard from Larry Cancro, Chairman of the New England Chapter Board, Sean O’Brien, President of the Teamsters Local 25 – Boston’s #1 Fundraising Team, Representative Barbara L’Italien, and Mark Roithmayr, President of Autism Speaks.

As a special surprise for all of our Walkers, in celebration of our 10th year of Walking, a horse ran a lap around the track before the Walk started!  After the Walkers were done, they were served a delicious lunch of pizza, hot dogs and salad by our local sponsor Uno Chicago Grill.  Greater Boston Walkers also enjoyed Lindt Chocolate Truffles from our National Partner, Lindt, who also had a team of nearly 200 Walkers! 

From Left to Right: Deirdre Legge, Walk Co-Chair, Kelley Borer, Walk Director, and Meghan Jordan, Walk Co-Chair

We had an excellent line-up of entertainment to which had adults and children dancing and enjoying great music from Vanessa Trien, The Prospects and the Green Apple Kids Band.  Inspiration ribbons carrying messages of hope from the past five years hung around the stage.   In the Kids Korner, families enjoyed a maze and inflatable castle provided by Fiesta Shows, face painting, and crafts.  A sensory wall was provided by National Sponsor, Landscape Structures.  We were also joined by the Revere Fire Department who let kids climb around the truck and have their picture taken!

All in all, the day couldn’t have been better!  Under the leadership of Meghan Jordan and Deirdre Legge, Walk Chairs, the Planning Committee executed a seemingly perfect event this past Sunday.  A huge thanks go out to each of the Greater Boston Committee Members for their tireless work and enthusiasm all year round.

For more information about the Walk, please visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AutismSpeaks.Boston.

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