2013 Hearts and Hands Walk For Autism

Saturday, September 28, 2013


Thank to all the individuals, families, teams and volunteers who attended the Hearts and Hands Walk for Autism on Saturday, September 28th! There were 845 people in attendance! There were 72 teams/families who participated! We had approximately 100 more participants then last year, making this year our biggest turnout EVER! We are extremely excited to announce that approximately $70,000.00 was raised through your hard work and donations are still coming in!!

We are so grateful to have the many wonderful people who believe it is important to raise money that will stay here in Southeastern Massachusetts to provide services and supports for children, teens and adults with ASD and their families through Community Autism Resources.

Did you know that the Hearts & Hands Walk for Autism and Family Fun Day is our signature fundraiser? Although we are partially funded by DDS, we depend on our annual walk to raise funds to continue to provide the FREE and vital services and supports to children, teens, adults and their families, as they face the everyday challenges of living with Autism Spectrum Disorders. All the games, activities, prizes and refreshments are FREE to you, as a thank you for your efforts in helping us take action and raise money for this event!

Please take a brief survey about your walk experience! http://www.community-autism-resources.com/events/events-walk-survey.php

We held 3 Firstgiving Challenges this year! The WINNERS were: Jill Sirtolli & MJ Ryan, both of Team Victoria, were our July Winners; Westport Puzzle Pieces were our August Winners; Love for Liam & Westport Puzzle Pieces, were our September Winners!

3 teams won the iPad Challenge by raising over $5,000.00! They are:

  • J.J.’s Hope & Friends who raised $9,245.00
  • Autism Avengers who raised $5,590.00
  • Westport Puzzle Pieces who raised $5,120.00

Aside from our iPad winners, our top 10 fundraising teams as of October 4th are:

  1. Team Victoria: $3,430.00
  2. Avery’s Angels: $2,775.00
  3. Sammy’s Crusaders: $1,950.00
  4. Keegan’s Krusaders: $1,922.00
  5. Andrew’s Army: $1,765.00
  6. Love for Liam: $1,441.00
  7. Team Ian: $1,435.00
  8. Wildcat Walker’s: $1,321.00
  9. Isaac’s Crew: $1,215.00
  10. Team Dillon: $1,039.00

Thank you to all the volunteers! Truly, a wonderful group of people who volunteered their Saturday!

The Hearts & Hands Walk for Autism could not happen without our wonderful Sponsors & Donors. Take a moment to check our website, http://www.community-autism-resources.com/events/walk-a-thon.php and patronize these businesses for their support…because when they sponsor the Hearts & Hands Walk for Autism, they are supporting services for families with Autism Spectrum Disorders all throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.

Congratulations to our 2013 Volunteer of the Year, Sharon Dalessio, and our 2013 Business Person of the Year, Christian DaSilva of CDC Consultants!

Community Autism Resources offers our most HEARTFELT THANKS to all of the businesses & individuals who supported the walk events and to YOU for being there! The money that you have raised will support the wide variety of services we provide to all those within our region.