Sunday, September 28, 2008

Boston Walk for Autism: from Autism Speaks

Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism 2008Sunday, October 19, 2008Suffolk Downs, East Boston, MARegistration 9:00 am Walk 10:30 am
If you have already registered to attend the big event on October 19th, you will soon be receiving detailed information for Walk day. You will also find some Frequently Asked Questions below. If you have not yet registered, please visit: or call the Chapter office if you need assistance. 617-924-3300. Donations: When you collect checks for donations, please be sure to include the Donation Tracking Form which can be found online at:{ed421eb4-f3f0-467b-b6d9-6f709dd02e5d}/Donation%20Tracking%20Form%20for%20website.pdf You can collect checks and turn them in on Walk day, or send them any time to our processing center at the following address. Please note that it can take several weeks to process (due to the wonderfully large amounts of donations coming in from Walks all over the country!) and be credited on your web page:
Send forms and checks to: Autism Speaks, Donations Processing, 5455 Wilshire Blvd , Suite 2250 Los Angeles, CA 90036
Please note: Your Registration # is the same as your Walker ID #.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Greater Boston Walk:
1. How long is the actual walk?The scenic Suffolk Downs Racetrack is 1 1/4 miles around. Some people go around once, others twice. You do not have to physically do the Walk if you'd like to just raise funds, attend and enjoy all of the festivities of the day.
2. Does everyone have to register prior to October 19th?Yes, we would like all participants to registers online or via the phone so that we have enough food, t-shirts, supplies, etc. on Walk day. Also, when a person registers they will receive mailings and e-mails with important items and information they will need for the event.
3. What goes on at the Walk?We will have music and entertainment, food from Uno Chicago Grill and other contributors, lots of children's activities (and also a quiet area) and a Resource Fair with many autism related programs, services and product representatives.
4. Do you still need volunteers?Yes, we need many, many volunteers to make this large event run smoothly. Know any high school or college students who need service hours? Please encourage them to contact us at or call 617-924-1225. Individuals and groups are welcome. We have lots of available and will be sure to make volunteering fun.

Team Captain Checklist:Use this checklist to ensure that you have completed all of the steps necessary to have a successful Walk Now for Autism team this year.Make sure all team members have registered themselves on-line Involve your company/employer Did you email your co-workers to join the team? Did you involve your boss to rally your company team? Have you asked friends, relatives and neighbors to join you? Encourage all team members to be active fundraisers for autism research, awareness and advocacy Email or call team members regularly to answer questions and check on their progress Create team t-shirts, buttons or a banner to increase your visibility on Walk day

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