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Autism Awareness Walk Successful

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To The Editor:

On Sept. 14, St. Lawrence NYSARC held the 6th Annual Autism Awareness Walk at the park in downtown Canton. Several hundred people were in attendance and raised a profit of $25,100 to support people on the autism spectrum. The Walk host was WWNY-TV news anchor, Jeff Cole. Presenting sponsorship was provided by Rose and Kiernan Inc. Media sponsorship came from 95.3 The Wolf. Event sponsors included Sullivan’s Office Supply/Seasons Gift Shop, Olympia Sports, Potsdam Elks Lodge 2074, Kinney Foundation, Pepsi-Cola of Ogdensburg, nice n easy, St. Lawrence Supply, Team Blevins, Stewart’s Shops, Seaway Valley Jumpers, and Mike’s Michigans.

The Walk would not have been possible without support from the Rev. Michael Catanzaro, Mayor David Curry, the Canton Village Board, Dave Regan, Officer Kevin Mousaw, and Chief Lori McDougal. We also thank the volunteers from SUNY Canton’s Alpha Phi Omega, SUNY Canton’s Women’s Hockey team, SUNY Canton Men’s Hockey team, St. Lawrence University’s Community Based Learning program, and SUNY Canton’s Gamma Sigma Zeta Fraternity for their assistance.

This year’s awareness flag contest brought in 16 wonderful entries. We will plan to do this contest again, so teams can start preparing now. The Best Overall flag was created by Team Ginger Puff and Fairy Tail. The Most Creative flag was made by Willmart Team, and Team Adam made the Most Original Flag. Visit our Facebook page to see all the flag contest entries. Special thanks to the community members and businesses that supported our Walk with prize donations.

Several area teams brought in significant donations to help us reach our highest profits to date. Top fund raising groups included: Kyla’s Voice, Koley Cooper, Team Shaner, Cooper’s Team, Dizzle’s Delight, SUNY Canton’s Alpha Phi Omega, Team Adam, Team Talon, and Team Seth.

St. Lawrence NYSARC is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to working for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Proceeds from the walk will be used in St. Lawrence County for home and community based services for children and youth on the autism spectrum. For more information, log on to our website www.slnysarc.org.

Daphne A. Pickert

CEO/Executive Director

St. Lawrence NYSARC

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