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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, October 25, 2012

SB Walk Now For Autism Speaks October 27

Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this fundraising effort generates vital funds for autism research, awareness and family services.


Experience the power of a community united by autism at the 4th annual Santa Barbara Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at East Beach in Santa Barbara at 10 a.m., located at the cross streets of Corona Del Mar and Cabrillo Blvd, where an anticipated 1,500 people will walk for autism awareness. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder, with 1 in every 88 American children affected.

Celebrity walk attendees include:

  • HELENE SCHNEIDER: Mayor of Santa Barbara
  • ANDREW FIRESTONE: Master of Ceremonies
  • SALUD CARBAJAL: Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, 1st District
  • JOYCE E. DUDLEY: Santa Barbara District Attorney
  • BILL BROWN: Santa Barbara County Sheriff

Firestone will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Registration begins at 9 a.m., the opening ceremony is at 10 a.m. and the Walk kicks off at 10:30 a.m. The 2011 walk hosted 1,200 people and raised $134,000.

Members of the media are invited to attend the event, interview and photograph participants, volunteers and special guests.

For more information, go to the website, call 323-549-0500 x765 or email santabarbara@autismspeaks.org.

Support for the Walk Now for Autism Speaks Santa Barbara comes from our generous sponsors Hutton Parker Foundation, A Design Studio, Young Construction, Bartlett, Pringle & Wolf, LLP, The Bank of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Bank and Trust, Ralphs, Montecito Bank and Trust, Rex Sanchez Photography, KEYT3 Santa Barbara, Parent Click, and Cox.

ABOUT WALK NOW FOR AUTISM SPEAKS: Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this fundraising effort generates vital funds for autism research, awareness and family services. Visit our Facebook.

ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS: Autism Speaks is the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization, dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

ABOUT AUTISM: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), autism now affects 1% or 1 in every 88 American children, including 1 in 54 boys. Autism is a complex condition that affects a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges.

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