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The Hearts & Hands Walk/5K Run for Autism & Family Fun Day 

Wrap-up News and 
Thank You

Community Autism Resources would like to thank all of the individuals, families,
teams and volunteers who attended our 14 th Annual Hearts and Hands Walk/5K
Run for Autism on Saturday, September 23 rd ! There were 517 people who
participated in the walk, 33 people who participated in the 5K and 80 Volunteers!
We are so grateful to have the many wonderful people who ‘teamed up’ to raise
vital funding, and who believe it is important to raise money that will stay here in
Southeastern Massachusetts, to provide services and supports for children, teens
and adults with ASD and their families, through Community Autism Resources.
Did you know that the Hearts & Hands Walk/5K Run for Autism and Family
Fun Day is our signature fundraiser? Although we are partially funded by
DDS, we depend on our annual walk, and the 5K Run for the first time this
year , to raise funds to continue to provide the FREE and vital services and
supports to children, teens, adults and their families, as they face the
everyday challenges of living with Autism Spectrum Disorders. All the
games, activities, prizes and refreshments are FREE to you, as a thank you
for your efforts in helping us take action and raise money for this event!

We ask all participants in the day’s events, including volunteers, to take a very
brief survey about your walk/5K experience! We already have a working list of
things that will be improved for next year, to make this event BIGGER and
BETTER! Please forward the link to all of your family/friends/team members who
attended the walk. Please help us make next year’s walk/5K
an even greater experience. 

Take the Survey

Our Amazing Walk Teams

This year we had 41 teams/families who participated in the Hearts & Hands Walk
for Autism! 6 of those teams were Virtual Teams who fundraised, even though
they weren’t able to attend the walk/run! Thank you to everyone who formed
teams or who walked with their family members and friends, to raise much needed
funds and awareness. You made a difference for people living with Autism
Spectrum Disorders!

We have 2 teams who are $5K Challenge WINNERS for raising over
$5,000.00! These team will chose $500.00 in gift card(s)/certificate(s) to be used for educational, therapeutic and/or recreational opportunities! They are:

 J.J.’s Hope & Friends who raised $9,287.54!
 The Shooting Stars! Norcom Mortgage who raised $5,495.00!

We also have 1 “Surprise Prizes,” for the Team that came in right below the
$5K Challenge Winners! They are:

 Andrew’s Army who raised $4,455.00!
Andrew’s Army will receive 2 Roundtrip Seastreak Ferry Tickets, departure from
New Bedford to Marthas Vineyard; Valued at $140.00!

Aside from these winners, our top 10 fundraising teams as of October 10 th
1. Westport Puzzle Pieces: $3,868.41
2. Perfect Chase: $2,208.00
3. Keegan’s Krusaders: $1,736.95
4. Benny’s Bunch: $1,236.00
5. The SouthCoast Autism Center: $1,235.00
6. Ethan’s Entourage: $1,125.00
7. The Dean Team: $1,030.00
8. ANDREECE: $1,025.00
9. L & B Fans: $1,017.63
10. Team Dillon: $1,010.00

Our Volunteers are the HEART of Community Autism Resources

“The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the
commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.” - DeAnn Hollis

The Hearts & Hands Walk and Family Fun Day Planning Committee: For all
of their hard work planning the day’s festivities!

Francis Farm: For allowing us to hold our event at their beautiful venue!

Gary of Ocean State MultiSport: For creating and marking off our walk/5K
route and keeping our participants safe!

Marcie Benjamin of Pink Umbrella Design: For her talents and the beautiful job
she did on our brochures and programs!

Steve Martin of Stop & Shop Fall River: For generously donating all of the
fruit for our event!

Team Che: For securing drink donations from Pepsi!

Target Seekonk: For donating all of the water and $100.00 worth of gift cards
for our raffle!

Casey Miranda of Casey's Fun Faces: For donating her time, talents and
services to create amazing face painting for all of the children and for
introducing us to her friends Beast (Brandon Webb) and Batman (Jason
Wayne), who also donated their time and service!

 Victor Nobrega of Nobrega Studio: For donating his time and service to
capture memories during the days event!

 A Piece of Cake Parties: For Bringing Kylo Ren, Rey, Pikachu, Princess
Poppy, Chase, Mal, Evie & Tony Boloney!

 Perfect Chase: For bringing his family, friends and his wonderful book to our
event to share with us!

 Piezoni’s: For their generosity and support, providing the days lunch.

 Darlene of LuLaRoe Sisters Whiskers for setting up and donating a portion
of their sales to CAR

We are so thankful for our Family Fun Day Volunteers! Truly, a wonderful
group of people who volunteered their Saturday to work on the games, in
the food court, registration, First Aide, the Autism Awareness Store and Raffle, as well as set up and clean up:

Sherry Amaral-Lopez, Linda Armstrong, Carla Botelho, Sharon Dalessio, Kate
Dansereau, Matt Dansereau, Olivia Dansereau, Sam Dansereau, Lori
DeCrescenzo, Tony Depina, Jenny Dinkins, Barbara Domingue, Bob Domingue,
Nathan Domingue, Nick Domingue, Sariah Dyer, Kate Dyer, Jon Dyer, Bobby Fox,
Mary Fox, DJ Gaudino, Peter Gaudino, Mary Hadley, Keegan Hamblett, Kevin
Hamblett, Sandy Holmes, Emily Jones, Radames Lopez, Alyssa Lynch, Janice
Lynch, Julie Lynch, Jenn Lynch-Peters, Jeremiah Lynch, Dan McTarnaghan,
Charlene Medeiros, Crystal Medeiros, Henry Medeiros, Jason Medeiros, Gary
Menissian, Casey Miranda, Amber Moukhtarian, Victor Nobrega, Barbara Nogeira,
Hannah Peters, Amato Polselli, Chris Polselli, David Polselli, Debra Polselli,
Dennis Polselli, Donna Polselli, Karlene Polselli, Julia Quintin, Robin Quintin,
Brooke Rainville, Bob Randall, Jan Randall, Cassie Ricco, Justin Sousa, Kim
Souza, Patricia Toomey, Bethany Vanasse, Tony Vitorino, Katharine Waskiel,
Brandon Webb & Shannon Witter.

We Honor our Sponsors and Donors

“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward
for what he gave.” - Calvin Coolidge

The Hearts & Hands Walk/5K for Autism could not happen without our wonderful
Sponsors.  Please make an effort to patronize these businesses for their support…because when they sponsor the Hearts & Hands Walk/5K for Autism, they are supporting services for families with Autism Spectrum Disorders all throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.

Diamond Heart Sponsors:
Golden Heart Sponsors:

The Holy Spirit Society of St. Dominic’s Parish-Swansea



Silver Heart Sponsors:


The Francis Family


Fall River Vittorio Veneto #1035 Sons of Italy

Helping Hands Sponsors:

Photo Booths of Southern New England
Road ID
Pink Umbrella Design
East Coast Screen Printing
Target Seekonk
Karla Rapoza-Norwex Independent Consultant
Cracker Barrell-Wrentham
Barbara Dallalis

A Piece of Cake Parties
Francis Farm
Somerset Federal Credit Union
Seekonk Speedway
North Bowl Lanes
Taylor Cabral
Team Gavin
New England Aquarium
Future Horizons
Plimoth Plantation
Christmas Tree Shops
Southwick’s Zoo
Payroll Express-Somerset
St. Dominic’s Women’s Guild-Swansea
Buttonwood Park Zoo
Team Che
Andrew’s Army
JAM Rentals
The Awesome Company

Activity/Station Sponsors:

Casey's Fun Faces
 Proudly donated her time and services, Sponsored our Face Painting Station
and Co-Sponsored our Character Appearances with her friends Beast
(Brandon Webb) and Batman (Jason Wayne), who you can also find on

Down to Earth Natural Foods for People & Pets New Bedford
 Donated all of the Gluten Free Breakfast/Snack Bars & Proudly Co-
Sponsored the Breakfast/Snack Station

Fall River National Little League at Dumont Field
 Proudly Sponsored the Balloon Animal Artist, Magic Show and Co-
Sponsored our Character Appearances.

New England Pretzel & Popcorn
 Discounted all of the Sno-Cone & Popcorn supplies and Partially Sponsored
this station

Target Stores-Seekonk
 Donated 15 cases of water and $100 in gift cards for our Raffle!

Rhode Island Novelty
 Donated and Co-Sponsored our Prize Table

DJ Kevin Hamblett
 Proudly donated his time & service to provide us with music for the day

The Coffee Pot (Located in the Emergency Department at Charlton Memorial
Hospital in Fall River)
 Donated and Proudly Co-Sponsored the Breakfast/Snack and Coffee Station

Keegan's Krusaders
 Proudly Sponsored our Basketball Game

J.J.'s Hope &  Friends
 Proudly Co-Sponsored our Snack and Drink Stations

 Thanks to Team Che, Pepsi Co-Sponsored and proudly donated the Gatorade
for drink station

Nobrega Studio
 Proudly Donated their time & services to capture our event

 Proudly Sponsored our lunch for the day

Bearingstar Insurance
 Proudly Sponsored our Photo Booth

St. Dominic’s Parish-Swansea
 Proudly Co-Sponsored our Prize Table

Sheri Raposo (of Team Dillon) Agent with New York Life Insurance
      Proudly Sponsored our Bubble Creation Station & Arts & Crafts Station

Comprehensive Autism Consulting 
 Proudly Sponsored our Bounce Houses, Baseball Toss Game and Co-
Sponsored our Character Appearances

Family/Friend Sponsored Program:

We were so thrilled with the response we received! We want to thank all of the
families/friends for sharing your beautiful photos and words with us, to publish in
our program!

Congratulations to our 201​7 Volunteer of the Year, ​Janice Lynch!

Congratulations to our 2017 Sponsor of the Year, ​The Coffee Pot

Please remember that it is still possible to make a donation!

Community Autism Resources offers our most HEARTFELT THANKS to all of the businesses and individuals who supported the day’s events and to YOU for being there! The money that you have raised will support the wide variety of services we provide to all those within our region.