Archived | Autism Speaks Northern California: Way to go! | Circa November 7, 2008

Way to go!

Northern California office via
Fri, Nov 7, 2008, 2:53 PM
to Genevieve

Central Valley Walk Now for Autism
Thanks and Congratulations!

We are sure you have heard by now, but the inaugural Central Valley Walk Now for Autism was so much more than “the little engine that could.” You not only “could,” but you DID, and you did it quite well! Thank you all for your generous and unwavering support.

On October 18, over 2,000 people came out to Modesto Junior College’s West Campus, despite a rare drizzle, and helped to raise over $165,000 for autism research. Without each of you, this amazing feat would not have been possible, and for that, we thank you.

View Walk day video and photos here.

We enjoyed a fun day full of festivities!

Thank you to our corporate sponsors, representing nearly $15,000 toward this wonderful event: Toys “R” Us, Parade Magazine, E&J Gallo Winery, Doctors Medical Center, Central Valley Autism Project, Van Belle’s Taekwondo, Janssen, Simplot Growers Solution, Cupertino Electric, WL Butler Construction, Turner Construction, and Umpqua Bank.

Thanks to our many generous in-kind donors, including: Frito-Lay, Starbucks, Dole Fruit Co., Carlos Vieira’s 51Fifty Race Team, and Safe-T Light.

Also, a sincere and heartfelt thank you to our 2008 Chairs, Michelle Rodriguez, and to the rest of the Planning Committee, who gave their time, dedication and energy — and in many cases, blood, sweat and tears — to make this inaugural event the overwhelming success that it was! We hope they are enjoying some much-needed time “off” from event planning.

To all of the day-of-event volunteers who helped the event run smoothly, from registration to parking to the Walk route and beyond…we thank you for keeping the participants safe and ensuring that their needs were taken care of!

Finally, thank you to all of the area organizations who participated in the Community Resource Fair to educate us about services that are available for families in the Modesto area. You truly helped to make the day a memorable experience!

Fundraising Wrap-Up

Congratulations to Katie Brown, the winner of our last fundraising incentive, a $25 gift certificate to Thunder Road Nascar Collectibles. Katie was the recipient of over $2,000 in online donations the week prior to the Walk, helping to launch Team Edward into the top slot. Way to go, Katie!

Because we are continuing to accept donations for this year’s Walk through December 31, we want to offer yet another fantastic prize to the person who can raise the most money ONLINE from Friday, November 7, until Friday, November 21. Winner will receive a gift certificate for lunch for two at Tresetti’s restaurant in Modesto!

Don’t forget, you also have until December 31 to continue fundraising for the following incentives:

$250 – $499 Walk Now for Autism Lunch Tote
$500 – $749 Walk Now for Autism Duffel Bag
$750 – $1,499 Walk Now for Autism Sweatshirt
$1,500 – $2,499 Walk Now for Autism Blanket
$2,500 – $4,999 All the Above Gifts
$5,000 – $7,499 Portable DVD Player
$7,500 – $9,999 iPod Nano
$10,000 & Above iPod Classic
To be sure you receive proper recognition at the awards reception, please send any additional offline donations to the address below as soon as possible. Be sure to include a donation form for each contribution, your team name and walker information to get proper credit!

Autism Speaks
Central Valley Walk Donations
5455 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 2250
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Due to the large volume of donations received on Walk Day, as well as at other Autism Speaks events across the country, it will take time to enter all the information onto the website. Please be patient and know that we are working as quickly as possible to update your fundraising totals.

DON’T FORGET! Tickets for the opportunity drawing for the $2,000* gift certificate to Hill Center for Integrative Medicine are still available. Email for more information. Tickets are $10 apiece or 3 for $20. Drawing is being extended until November 17.

*Gift certificate can be used for hyperbaric oxygen treatments or Methyl-B12 injections. Responsibility for all services rendered is with Hill Center for Integrative Medicine.

Again, thank you for all your continued support of the Central Valley Walk Now for Autism. As we already begin to look forward to next year, we are welcoming new faces to the 2009 Walk Committee. If you are interested in becoming more involved, please contact us at for more information on what it takes to be a committee member and for our timeline of activities.

Until next time,

Modesto Planning Committee
(707) 778-3840

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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