Sixth Annual Step Up for Autism


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

Plans are under way for the sixth annual Step Up for Autism celebration, to be held Saturday, September 26, in Celoron. The event is being coordinated by The Resource Center and Filling the Gap, Inc., with support from parents and village officials.
Step Up For Autism will include a 1.5-mile walk that begins and ends at The Resource Center’s Administrative Offices at 200 Dunham Avenue. Participants will walk 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 both children and adults with special needs), a Chinese auction, and the famous cake auction, which features cakes donated by a number of area businesses and residents.
Registration and check-in for the walk begin at 8:30 a.m., with the walk scheduled to start at about 10:30. The cake auction will begin at around noon, and the entire event should be finished by 1:00.
The entry fee is $20, and additional donations of any amount will be accepted – organizers are planning on a huge turnout. Those paying the registration fee will receive a 2015 Step Up for Autism T-shirt. T-shirts and other Step Up for Autism memorabilia will be available for sale.
There also is an opportunity for people to earn prizes for themselves by raising money online for Step Up for Autism. For more information or to create your personal fund-raising web page, visit
In addition to the 1.5 -mile walk, the Loop the Lake Motorcycle Dice Run (formerly the Laurel Run Dice Run) will also take place that day, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Riders will enjoy a trip through scenic Chautauqua County on a route that takes participants around beautiful Chautauqua Lake before returning to 200 Dunham Avenue.
The cost is $20 per driver and $30 for those with a rider. After the dice run, participants are invited to enjoy the event festivities. Prizes will be awarded to the high-rolling driver, high-rolling rider, low-rolling driver, and the low-rolling rider.
For more information or to register, phone 661-1477, email or visit the web site –