Autism Speaks Northern California Office Promotes Quackery Contest In Walk Newsletter | Circa October 2008

Just two weeks until the Central Valley Walk!

Northern California office via Oct 3, 2008, 8:39 PM
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Central Valley Walk Now for Autism
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Modesto Junior College – West Campus
163 teams, 14 days to go and 3/4 of the way to goal!

Congratulations, you have raised over $75,000 so far! All eyes are on you, Modesto! There are nearly 1,000 people registered to participate in this exciting first-year event. It’s still not too late to register or join a team, and share in the excitement!The perfect example of this is the winner of September’s fundraising incentive, Tessa Zertuche! Tessa registered, got her personal page set up and sent out lots of emails, and raised $1,275 in one week, winning the $30 gift card to Hands-On Educational Supply Store, and joining the Grand Club in one fell swoop!

Tessa is a proud team member of
Corbin’s Army * Fighting Autism!

We have been busily crunching numbers as the donations continue to fly in. As of last night, we have determined that if each registered walker raises another $25 in the next 2 weeks, we will easily hit our goal of $100,000 by Walk Day! Just $25. Can you help? This week’s special fundraising incentive is a $25 gift certificate to Nutcracker Sweete’s Bear Factory in Modesto. Notice the stakes are getting higher? The person who raises the most money ONLINE from today, Friday, October 3, to Friday, October 10,will win this neat prize! Get in on the action and start collecting those donations today! Winner will be announced in next week’s update.

Leading the Pack

The Joshua Show continues to captivate audiences! Clinton’s Crusaders is still in it at the #2 Team Spot. ABC, Inc., and newbies Carson’s Court and Garrett’s Gang round out our Top 5 Teams this week.

Stacey Filippi continues to reign as the Top Individual Fundraiser, with Clinton McCauley and Cara & Scott Houlding in the #2 and #3 spots. Newcomers Christy Acheson and Tessa Zertuche have joined the group this week. Can Lewis Archuletta of Team Aloha catch them? Who will we see atop the pack come Walk day? Stay tuned…

P.S. Stop by Team Aloha to see a great way to use your personal webpage to recognize your donors!

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

This will be our final listing until after the Walk, but please be sure to either support or get more info about these events!

  • October 4 – 7 to 9 pm – Swing by O’Brian’s Tavern, 3619 Tully Road, Modesto, for a fundraiser to benefit Team Edward. Enjoy live music from Radial, and enter to win one of three $50 O’Brian’s credits. Click here to view the flyer.
  • 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! 

Stay tuned for next week’s newsletter, containing all your Walk Day questions answered!

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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