Posted by: Autism Speaks | September 12, 2011

2011 Southwest Missouri Walk Now for Autism Speaks Recap

The 1,200 walkers in attendance are off and on their way around the 1 mile route, circling around the park. Geoffrey the Giraffe from Toys ‘R’ Us cut the opening ribbon for us.

The 8th Annual Southwest Missouri Walk Now for Autism Speaks took place at Jordan Valley Park on Saturday, Sept. 10th, with 1,200 people in attendance, and featured an abundance of sunny skies after there had been the threat for showers in the morning. To date we have raised $73,000, with donations continuing to come in as we reach for our goal through the end of the year.

Special thanks to KTTS, who provided the tunes for the day, and our emcee Mark, and to Batman for making an appearance during the Walk, the Missouri State Cheerleaders cheering us on along the walk route, young adult Samantha McCoy for providing a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem on her saxophone, and Eric Burington for reading the proclamation stating the day was ‘Autism Awareness Day’ in the city.  A huge THANK YOU to Walk Co-Chairs Linda Barger and Jason Holcomb and the entire Southwest Missouri Walk Committee Members for making this Walk so successful for the families of the region.

From the fun of playing in the water fountain, to the bubbles, facepainting, bean bag toss, bound house, team photos, and food, the walkers had so much to choose from thanks to the generous donations of so many local companies.

Kudos go out to our 8 Grand Club members, who were called to the stage to receive their commemorative pin.

The Community Resource Fair featured 16 local providers and many of our wonderful sponsors were on site, including Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us, Burrell Autism Center, Kraft, and Family Pharmacy.

We’re so grateful to all of our participants who worked so hard for months leading up to the Walk, all of our Walk day volunteers – including the amazing work of the CERT team, and to those who will continue to work through year’s end to raise much-needed awareness and funds in support of our mission as we reach for our $88,000 goal.

Photos can be found HERE

Second-year team, Battle Buddies Brigade, poses in the shade at their second Walk, for which they raised almost $4,400 and had 60 team members recruited.

Jack Henry and Associates representative, Kurt Hoemann presents our Walk Chairs, Linda Barger and Jason Holcomb, with a $13,600 check for the Walk. Their company has donated over $50,000 over the last 4 years to fuel the mission of Autism Speaks.


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