Eighth Annual Step Up for Autism Celebration to be Held September 30

Pictured is the winning design in this year’s Step Up for Autism logo contest. The design was created by Ashley Kirkland Hallmark, an employee of The Resource Center. The design will appear on the front of this year’s Step Up for Autism shirts.

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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 eighth annual Step Up for Autism celebration on Saturday, September 30.

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 and bounce houses), 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 a.m., with the walk scheduled to start at about 10:30 a.m. The sweets auction and drawing of auction prizes will begin at around noon. The entire event should be finished by 1 p.m.

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/StepUpforAutism2017. 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 2017 Step Up for Autism T-shirt. T-shirts and other Step Up for Autism memorabilia will be for sale during the day.

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.