Archived | Autism Speaks: One month to go until Central Valley Walk! | Circa Sept 18, 2008

Northern California office via Sep 18, 2008, 1:37 PM
to Genevieve

Central Valley Walk Now for Autism
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Modesto Junior College – West Campus
We just passed $50,000!

With one month to go until the big day in Modesto, we are over halfway to our goal! Thanks to all of the hard-working committee members, teams and walkers who are raising money every day to ensure that this event is a success! If you still haven’t registered, check out the website above and learn how easy it is to raise money and awareness for autism in the Central Valley. It is not too late to get involved!

PLUS…we have a special fundraising incentive to offer this week — a $30 gift card to Hands-On Educational Supply store in Modesto — for the person who raises the most money ONLINE from today, Wednesday, September 17, to Wednesday, September 25!

Get in on the action and start collecting those donations today! Winner will be announced in next week’s update.

Congratulations to our Top Fundraisers

Are you watching the The Joshua Show? This team has ousted Clinton’s Crusaders for the top spot on our teams list this week. ABC, Inc. and Team Anthony are holding strong at #3 and #4.

Welcome to W.L. Butler Construction, Inc., who has joined the Top 5 Teams this week!Congratulations to little Taylor Wichman Small, our #5 Individual Fundraiser this week, and also our newest (and now youngest) Grand Club member, with $1,175 raised! Way to go, Taylor! Stacey Filippi continues to lead the pack and is already close to her new $6,000 goal, with over $5,565 in the bank. Clinton McCauley is still crusading in second place with $3,190. Cara & Scott Houlding ($1,280) are our #3 walkers, and Celia Barbuscia ($1,200) in the # 4 spot rounds out our Top 5 Individual Fundraisers this week.

Opportunity Drawing – win a $2,000 gift certificate!

The Central Valley Walk Planning Committee is selling entries into an opportunity drawing for a $2,000 gift certificate to Hill Center for Integrative Medicine, to be used for hyperbaric oxygen treatments or Methyl-B12 injections.

* Tickets are $10 apiece or 3 for $20 and can be purchased from the Walk committee, or by emailing

All proceeds benefit Autism Speaks, and the winner will be announced at the opening ceremonies of the Walk on October 18th.

Winner need not be present to win!

*Autism Speaks has not endorsed Hill Center for Integrative Medicine nor any of the services provided there. Responsibility for all services rendered is with Hill Center for Integrative Medicine.

Local event news

Keep an eye out for these other exciting and upcoming events. If you’re having a team fundraiser and would like to advertise here, please send us all the details!

Now thru October 20 – Visit participating Fantastic Sam’s hair salons on Mondays this fall, when 10% of salon proceeds will be donated to Autism Speaks. Find additional ways you can support Fantastic Sam’s Gold Country Region team!

September 26 and 27 – The Morgan Autism Center along with Kaiser Permanente and Santa Clara University will again be hosting its annual 2-day conference on education, medical and social interventions. Tickets are $120 for each day or $200 for both days. See for more information.

September 27 – Autism Awareness Day at California’s Great America in Santa Clara! From 10 am to 8 pm, the autism community and service providers will be enjoying a special day at the park. Ticket price includes a picnic lunch. Click here to download an event flyer.

October 2 – Don’t miss the Exceptional Needs Network’s conference on autism and developmental disabilities, for both parents and professionals, at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

See for more details!Don’t forget to visit us online often to check for Walk Day information, news, or to find more useful fundraising tips.

You can also contact us below for more information and support.

With appreciation,Northern California office of Autism Speaks

Online Walk Registration and Information:

About Walk Now for Autism

Walk Now for Autism, the nation’s largest grassroots autism walk program, is Autism Speaks’ signature fundraising and awareness event, taking place in communities across the United States, as well as in Canada and the United Kingdom. Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this successful grassroots fundraising effort not only generates vital funds for autism research but also raises awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder.

About Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Senior Advisor at Lee Equity Partners and served as vice chairman, General Electric, and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal for more than twenty years. Wright also serves on the board of directors of the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, RAND Corporation and Mission Product, LLC. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit

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