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. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder, with 1 in every 88 American children affected.
Celebrity walk attendees included:
– 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 served as Master of Ceremonies. The opening ceremony began at 10 a.m. and the Walk kicked off at 10:30 a.m. The 2011 walk hosted 1,200 people and raised $134,000.
Support for Walk Now for Autism Speaks Santa Barbara came from 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. For more information, click here
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. www.autismspeaks.org
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.