The Riverwalk Grand Pavilion lit up for Little Friends Step up and Shine for Autism event, which was a one-mile glow in the dark walk.
“Our annual hike or walk is to raise awareness about autism and other developmental disabilities and of course the visibility of Little Friends, that is a national model for the education, training and housing for so many individuals,” Mary Koehler, Vice President of Development at Little Friends.
Many of the over 350 participants came to show their support to close family and friends who benefitted from Little Friends Services.
“I come every year, my Goddaughter is autistic so this will be her last year of school and we just always come to support as much as we can,” said Rhoda Larson, Participant of the walk.
This is the first year the not-for-profit hosted the event during the fall and are hoping the change will bring new faces to support a good cause.
“Every dollar counts, 90 cents of every dollar goes toward programming but its also a great thing for the community to come out and understand our services and understand the people we support that are their neighbors, their friends, their loved ones, folks just like you and me that we want to be part of our community,” said Kristi Landorf, President and CEO of Little Friends.
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