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Thursday, April 11, 2013

SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY RAISES $90,000 FOR MILITARY CHILDREN WITH AUTISM




ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) raised $90,323 at its 3rd Annual ONEHOPE ACT Today! for Military Families (ATMF) 5k/10k Run/Walk and Family Festival. The community event was held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Tecolote Shores Park at Mission Bay in San Diego, CA. Net proceeds from the fundraiser will help the national non-profit organization provide care and treatment to military children and their families affected by autism. 


Over 1,200 participants took part in this year’s event, including 80 fundraising teams. NBC 7 San Diego’s morning show anchors Marianne Kushi and Jason Austell hosted the event. 


“It was such an amazing and inspiring day to see the San Diego community come together with military families in support of children with autism. Funds raised will help defray the out of pocket costs autism brings and help lighten the load our brave military families shoulder today,” says ACT Today! executive director Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson. 


The ONEHOPE ATMF 5k/10k Run/Walk and Family Festival featured a flat, scenic course starting at Tecolote Shores Park in Mission Bay. Participants chose between the 5k, 10k (both chip-timed) or 1-mile Fun Run. The Family Festival following the Run/Walk was free for the entire community. 


It featured music by Tower XVI and 2-U-Neek,  a wine and beer garden sponsored by ONEHOPE Wine and Stone Brewing Co., 35+ vendor booths and the Center for Autism and Related Disorders Kids’ Zone which included inflatables, carnival games, face painting, and arts and crafts. 


Event sponsors of the ONEHOPE ATMF 5k/10k Run/Walk and Family Festival were ONEHOPE Wine, KNBC 7 San Diego, Energy 103.7, KyXy 96.5, Jersey Mike’s Subs, SeaWorld San Diego, Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD), Ralphs, Wells Fargo, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Sports Authority, AmeriFirst Financial, Inc., Southwest Airlines, Stone Brewing Company, and Clif Bar. 

For more information about ACT Today!’s program to support military children with autism, visit www.acttodayformilitaryfamilies.org.


About ACT Today!:
ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources and funding to families of children with autism who cannot afford or access the necessary tools their children need to reach their full potential. For more information about ACT Today!, visit: www.act-today.org.


About ACT Today! for Military Families:
ACT Today! for Military Families (ATMF), is a national program of ACT Today!. It was launched in July 2010. ATMF works to improve awareness and delivery of effective autism services, and provides financial assistance to military families to help defray out-of-pocket costs associated with autism treatments, services, and other quality of life programs. For more information about ACT Today! for Military Families, visit: www.acttodayformilitaryfamilies.org.