Posted by: Autism Speaks | September 26, 2011

2011 Terre Haute Walk Now for Autism Speaks Recap

The 4th Annual Terre Haute Walk Now for Autism Speaks took place at the Vigo County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 17th, with 2,600 people in attendance, and featured a beautify sunny sky. To date we have raised $50,000, with donations continuing to come in as we reach for our goal through the end of the year.

Special thanks to 100.7 MixFM, who provided the tunes for the day, and our emcees Jay and Storm, and to Geoffrey the Giraffe for making an appearance during the Walk, the our great pre-walk stretches from Union Hospital, our fearless cheerleaders, young adult on the spectrum, Kaylie Gambill for singing “Free to Be Me”, to Mayor Duke Bennett for sharing the proclamation making the day ‘Autism Awareness Day’ in the city of Terre Haute, and young adult Andrew Cutter for singing the National Anthem.  A huge THANK YOU to Walk Co-Chairs Carol Crawn and Amy Walkers and the entire Terre Haute Walk Committee Members for making this Walk so successful for the families of the region.

From the fun of riding around in the hay wagon, 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 and families.

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 6 local providers and many of our wonderful sponsors were on site, including Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us, Bridges of Indiana, Harsha Behavioral Center, and the Arc of Indiana.  Additional sponsors include Bemis Company, Union Hospital, Eli Lilly, Sam’s Do It Best Hardware, Caboodles Cupcakes, Roselawn Funeral Home, Baesler’s Market, and Alorica.

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 ISU students and faculty, the Walgreens team, the Bridges 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 $65,000 goal.

Candi photo shots from Walk day can be found HERE

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