New Mexico Autism Society

Ellen Reavis Walk for Autism 2017

Every year, the New Mexico autism community gathers at Balloon Fiesta Park to help raise awareness and acceptance, to educate, and celebrate the lives affected by autism! The autism community comes together to celebrate the joys, the struggles, the love and successes of those on the autism spectrum.

The WALK FOR AUTISM is a great way to raise your voice and join our force to create acceptance and awareness about autism.

Because we have made some changes to this fundraising event, we have created a FAQ sheet for you! Please let us know if you need any help or do not understand, just email sarahbaca@nmautismsociety.org

FAQ’s

If I want to participate in more then one event, what do I need to do? Each participant only need to register for ONE event. For example: If you have a child that is under 12 that has autism that wants to participate in the Kids K and the Star Walk they only need to be registered for one. If you have an individual with autism who wants to walk the 1.5 miles but also wants to participate in the Star Walk, register them for the Star Walk so they can get their T-shirt and light saber and they can still walk the 1.5 miles with you.

 How long is the walk? The walk is a 1.5 mile walk around Balloon Fiesta Park – you can go as slow or as fast as you wish.

Are there other options? Yes, a noncompetitive un-timed 5k (3 mile) route around Balloon Fiesta Park.

There is also a KidsK for those 12 and under(0.5 mile)and a Star Walk (0.5 mile) that will feature individuals on the autism spectrum.

What is the site to register? Visit this site first to register for the event: https://www.racesonline.com/events/ellen-reavis-walk-for-autism

When we receive your registration, we will email you information on how to register as a fundraiser or you can go directly to:

FUNDRAISING IDEAS

SAMPLE FUNDRAISING LETTER AND EMAIL                                                                                                                                            

Do I have to register in order to participate? Yes, there is a registration option for everyone. Because this a fundraiser for the New Mexico Society, anyone who enters the gate should register to participate or spectate. We also need every participant that walks through the gate to sign a standard waiver through their official registration.

Is there a registration fee? There is a minimum $10 registration fee for Walk for Autism. Fees vary depending on what event you wish to participate in. Please keep in mind that WALK FOR AUTISM is a fundraising event for the New Mexico Autism Society.

$10-general admission- 5+

$10-Walk participant (Anyone in this category who wishes to fundraise and raises $30 or more will receive a t-shirt.)

5k (Non-Competitive Run-All Participants receive t-shirt)

$25 Early Registration (NOW-Feb 6)

$30 Feb 7th-March 13.

Late Registration $35 March 14-March 25th

Online Registration closes 12am March 25th

Day of Walk-$40 and does not guarantee a t-shirt

KidsK (3-12 years old)-$15 includes t-shirt and medal

Star Walk Individual with Autism $15 and includes t-shirt and medal

How do I get a commemorative Ellen Reavis Walk t-shirt? Every walk participant who raises at least $30 will receive a commemorative t-shirt. If you choose to register for the non-competitive 5k you will also receive a t-shirt. There are several other incentives for our top fundraisers.

Will there be food and drinks? There will be 6 food trucks serving a variety of food options to satisfy your hunger!

Do I have to raise money to participate in the walk? No, fundraising is not a requirement, however it is highly encouraged. Fundraising is a great way to engage members of your community on your journey on “Autism Street” to get involved and help the New Mexico Autism Society raise funds so they can continue their work to create a community of acceptance, support and connection for those affected by autism in NM. Participants who raise $500 or more will be honored as Walk Leaders! Leaders will receive special recognition on walk day, Leaders are acknowledged pre-event and post-event. In addition to highlighting our Leaders on our website, Leaders will receive mentions in social media. Walk Leaders make a significant difference in the lives of all those affected by autism as top fundraisers. All participants are encouraged to raise additional funds via online fundraising and fundraising events.

Can you help me come up with fundraising ideas? ABSOLUTLEY, that is what we are here for! Email sarahbaca@nmautismsociety.org for templates and fundraising ideas or click on the files below!

FUNDRAISING IDEAS

SAMPLE FUNDRAISING LETTER AND EMAIL 

Will there be awards? Yes, awards will be given to the top fundraisers, 1st, 2nd and 3rd largest family, school/university and corporate teams. Every KidsK participant and Star Walker will receive medals.  

What is a Team? Your Team can be 2-200 people and includes anyone and everyone who wants to join in the effort to raise awareness and acceptance for autism in NM. Family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, children, and adults can create or join Teams. Each member of the team can fundraise or the team can fundraise as a whole.

Where do the funds go? All funds raised through Ellen Reavis Walk for Autism further the mission, and effort of the New Mexico Autism Society. The New Mexico Autism Society is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. All funds raised stay in NM.

What time should I be there?

10:00 AM: Gates Open 11:00 AM: Opening Ceremony Vendor/Resource Fair Opens

11:15 AM: 5k Starts

11:30 AM: Walk Starts

12:15 PM: KidsK Starts

12:30 PM: Star Walk Starts

1:30 PM: Gates Close

What should I bring? Make sure to dress appropriately for the weather conditions; sunscreen, sunglasses, and comfortable shoes. In case of inclement weather, bring an umbrella or rain jacket.

T-shirt Contest                                                                                                   

If you wish to participate in the team t-shirt contest, please bring an extra medium “team shirt” to display. All t-shirts must be received by 10:30 on walk day. Please turn them into the event registration table.

What do I do if it rains? The Walk for Autism will go on rain or shine! In the case of inclement weather, your local event staff will notify participants of alternate plans.

Where should I park? Parking is FREE and you can park in the lot directly off of Balloon Fiesta Parkway.

Are dogs allowed? No, the city of Albuquerque prohibits dogs. There is however an exception for service animals.

Will there be water and medical service available? Yes, water is located at designated stations. Medical staff will be on-site for those who need any assistance throughout the event. Any volunteer can help put you in contact with medical personnel.

We need volunteers! Know anyone who might be interested in helping us on the day of the event? We need volunteers to help with set-up, clean-up, registration, water stops, so much more. All interested volunteers should email Christina Jolly, at christinajolly@nmautismsociety.org