5,000 families and individuals joined Autism Speaks for its 6th annual Orlando Walk Now for Autism Speaks. The Walk took place on Saturday, November 13th at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs, FL. With sunny skies, families covered the park with team signs, flags, and team shirts to raise autism awareness and celebrate their children. Together, Central Florida families helped raise over $160,000 for Autism Speaks.
The day included an amazing community resource fair of veteran and new supporters representing over 40 community organizations and service providers. Also, joining the festivities were familiar faces like Geoffrey the Toys “R” Us Giraffe and Keith Landry from FOX 35 Orlando who was again the media partner and emcee for the event. Mayor Pat Bates of the City of Altamonte Springs, Tamara Demko, Chief of Staff for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, and Annie Hallsten from Alpha Xi Delta spoke to the crowd before the Walk. The Altamonte Sparklers, Osecola Rattlers, UCF Athletics, Orlando Magic Dancers, Cha! Cha! from the Rainforest Café and Dexter from TREX Café, warmed up the crowd to get the Walk started.
Along the Walk route, families enjoyed face painting, sports activities, carnival games, and music from Albert Acosta who plays the ukulele at Florida Hospital for young patients. The Orange Blossom Men’s Chorus also entertained walkers as they rounded the lake. At the finish, walkers enjoyed pizza, salad and hot dogs from UNO Chicago Grill, water from Pepsi, games, bounce houses, and music from Annie and Jake.
Thank you to the 2010 sponsors including Massey Services, Landscape Structures Inc, Starwood Vacation Ownership, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, and FOX 35 Orlando.
A big thank you to our Walk Committee and volunteers! For more pictures and information about the Walk, please visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AutismSpeaks.orlando .