Sharing feedback from the walk…
May 22, 2009
Congratulations – We Did It!
Thank you so much for joining us to celebrate the 2nd Cincinnati Walk Now for
Autism. On Saturday, May 16th, over 5,000 people came together in solidarity,
community and hope. We enjoyed a spectacular day of festivities, with donated
refreshments, team pictures and children’s entertainment. We created family
memories that will last a lifetime as we proudly wore our team t-shirts,
displayed our banners, and showed the Ohio and Kentucky areas how strong we are
as a community!
Our Cincinnati Walk Committee, led by 2009 Walk Co-Chairs John and Lyn Manos and
Jenn Jordan, worked tirelessly to make the Walk such an incredible experience
for everyone! We can’t thank our all-volunteer Committee enough for the work
they do throughout the year on behalf of Autism Speaks. Our Committee makes
presentations to educate schools and community organizations about autism,
secures food and beverage donations, calls team captains to keep everyone
informed about the Walk’s progress, plans the Kick-Off luncheon and Walk Day
activities, and so much more! Please join me in thanking the Walk Committee for
all that they do for us in Ohio and Kentucky!
Many thanks to the following Special Guests and Super Entertainers:
Zak Morgan, Kinsey Rose, the St. Xavier Boys Choir, Q102’s Jeff and Jenn morning
show and Leslie, an 8 year old diagnosed with autism.
Geoffrey the Giraffe and everyone from Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us.
Our Corporate and Media Partners:
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the Queen City Rugby Club, J.T.M Food Group,
Q102 WKRQ and WLWT-TV Channel 5.
AND to our Grand Club members – 32 and still growing!
Tink &Holly O’Leary
John & Lyn Manos
Don & Debbie Hill
Yes! There is still time to show your support of our Cincinnati Walk Now for
Autism by donating in honor of the memories you and your team created on Walk
Day, and in appreciation of the tireless efforts of all the volunteers who make
Walk Day possible. We are proud to have raised over $268,000 so far for autism
research, advocacy and family programs. This incredible total has been raised
through the fundraising efforts of walkers just like you. We are reaching to
surpass this years goal! Please join us in our fundraising efforts!
You can donate to your walker page at www.walknowforautism.org/cincinnati
(http://www.walknowforautism.org/cincinnati) or you can mail a check donation
(Please include a completed donation form, which can be printed from your walker
Attn: Cincinnati Walk Now for Autism
5455 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 2250
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Let everyone know that you are an active supporter of the Cincinnati Walk Now
for Autism and ask them to join you in donating to your walker page by e-mailing
them a link to your page…even the smallest donation makes a HUGE difference.
If each of our registered walkers raises or donates just $50 throughout the
summer months, we will achieve our goal!
How can $50 make a difference?
In the next 20 minutes another family will receive the news that their child has
autism….$50 can provide the funding needed to help a newly diagnosed family
receive a First 100 Days Kit (http://www.autismspeaks.org/community/family_services/100_day_kit.php).
The First 100 Days Kit helps guide families through the first 3 months after
receiving an autism diagnosis – providing valuable information to make the best
possible use of each day. Each kit makes a difference to a family!
At Autism Speaks, our goal is is to change the future for all who struggle with
autism spectrum disorders. THANK YOU for making it possible to fulfill our
mission every day.
Walk Coordinator – Midwest
1121 Olivette Executive Parkway
St. Louis, MO 63132
Contact Name: Megan Whitney
Telephone Number: 866-500-6227