7th Annual Step Up for Autism Celebration to be Held September 24

Participants get ready to set off on last year’s Step Up for Autism walk.
Participants get ready to set off on last year’s Step Up for Autism walk.

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The Resource Center

Everyone is invited to come out and show their support for people on the autism spectrum when The Resource Center hosts the seventh annual Step Up for Autism celebration on Saturday, September 24.

Step Up for Autism takes place at The Resource Center’s administrative office building at 200 Dunham Avenue in Celoron. The event is being coordinated by TRC and Filling the Gap, Inc., with support from village officials and family members of people with autism.

Activities include a 1.5-mile walk in which participants will make their way to Lucille Ball Memorial Park on the shore of Chautauqua Lake, then return to The Resource Center for a hot-dog lunch. There also will be games, activities for adults and children (including face painting, a fire truck, bounce houses, and an identification and fingerprinting program for children and for adults with special needs), a Chinese auction, and a sweets auction featuring cakes and other goodies donated by area businesses.

Registration and check-in for the walk begin at 8:30, with the walk scheduled to start at about 10:30. The sweets auction and drawing of auction prizes will begin at around noon. The entire event should be finished by 1:00.

People are encouraged to put together walking teams of family members, friends and co-workers. Those planning to participate can create a fund-raising web page by visiting www.crowdrise.com/2016StepUpforAutism. People can set up their own individual fund-raising page, or they can create a team page that team members can promote to solicit donations.

The entry fee for the walk is $20 per person, but people are welcome to take part in the walk without paying the fee. Those paying the registration fee will receive a 2016 long-sleeve Step Up for Autism T-shirt. T-shirts and other Step Up for Autism memorabilia will be for sale during the day.

In addition to the walk, there also will be a Loop the Lake motorcycle dice run, beginning at 9:30. Riders will enjoy a trip through scenic Chautauqua County on a route that takes participants around beautiful Chautauqua Lake before returning to The Resource Center. The cost is $20 per driver and $30 for those with a rider. Prizes will be awarded to the high-rolling driver, high-rolling rider, low-rolling driver, and the low-rolling rider. After the dice run, participants are invited to enjoy the event festivities.

All money raised through Step Up for Autism will stay in Chautauqua County to support people on the autism spectrum and others with developmental disabilities. For more information or to register, phone 661-1477, email vicky.bardo@resourcecenter.org or visit the web site – www.stepupforautism.com.