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Basket Raffle

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

We are giving away two lovely baskets to two of our registered walkers this week. (Baskets were put together by our lovely Speech Language Pathologists - thank you!)
To win, all you need to do is receive one donation to your fundraising page from today (5/26) to Saturday (5/30)!
For every additional donation you receive, you will get an additional entry into our drawing. We'll randomly select the winner next week.
The blue basket is worth $50. It includes:
  • Dairy Queen gift card
  • Tim Horton's gift card
  • Dunkin' Donuts gift card
  • Travel sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Bottle opener
  • Small towel
  • Tank top
The brown basket is worth $150 and includes:
  • AMC gift card
  • Tops gift card
  • Gap gift card
  • Walmart gift card
  • Tim Horton’s gift card
  • Amazon gift card
  • Starbucks gift card
  • Buffalo Wild Wings gift card
  • Travel mug

 

Challenge #4

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Who knew that we had so many Picassos in our group?! We received some outstanding submissions for the Week #3 masterpiece challenge. Check out these amazing pieces of art from Jenn M., Amy J., and Laura R. (Visit our Facebook group for the full photos!).

It is hard to believe we’re already on our last week of challenges. But that just means we are so close to Walk Week (June 1 – June 6) and we are so excited!

For Challenge #4, we want you to complete a random act of kindness! We hope that your kindness will inspire others to make someone’s day a little brighter.

Will you pay for someone’s coffee in the drive thru line? Bake cookies for your neighbors? Collect towels and blankets for an animal shelter? Please tell us all about the joy you spread in The Summit Center’s 2020 Virtual Autism Walk Facebook group (be sure to use the hashtag #54ForSummit!)

Not on Facebook? Don't worry! You can send your submission to autismwalk@thesummitcenter.org and we’ll post it in the group for everyone.

As always, thank you all for your support. Your enthusiasm and dedication make such a difference.

Challenge #3

Monday, May 18, 2020

We had a blast this week watching the Tik Tok videos that our wonderful walkers have submitted. If you haven’t had a chance, go to our Facebook group (here) and check some of them out!

The challenges aren’t just over yet! We have two more to go until Walk week, June 1 to June 6.

For Challenge #3, we want you to create a masterpiece! Use paint, colored pencils, sidewalk chalk, photographs, pressed flowers, the sky is the limit! You have until Sunday, May 25 to complete your piece.

When you’ve completed your beautiful work of art, please post it in The Summit Center’s 2020 Virtual Autism Walk Facebook group here (be sure to use the hashtag #54ForSummit so that we can all admire it!)

Not on Facebook? Don't worry! You can send your submission to autismwalk@thesummitcenter.org and we’ll post it in the group for everyone to admire.

As always, thank you all for your support. Your enthusiasm and dedication make such a difference.

PS - Make sure to get your friends and family registered at SummitWalk.org today so they can start fundraising and competing in weekly challenges!

Challenge #2

Monday, May 11, 2020

Who's ready for the Week # 2 Challenge?! We want you to create a Tik Tok video by May 16!

If you don't know, Tik Tok is an app where users can make short videos. It can be a dance or a funny skit. The opportunities are endless!

We want to see your challenge in action. Post it in The Summit Center’s 2020 Virtual Autism Walk Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/588101898464582/)

Challenge #1

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Show your spirit for The Summit Center! Each week leading up to the Virtual Autism Walk, we will be promoting a fun challenge that you can do even while social distancing.
 
Challenge #1: Complete a jigsaw puzzle, or play a board, card, or video game, any time through May 9.

Uno, Super Mario Party, Pie Face, and more. The opportunities for family fun are endless! You can even set up a video chat with family or friends and play Monopoly or Bingo virtually!

We want to see your challenge in action. Take a picture of your finished puzzle, or a video snippet of you and your family playing a game. Post it in The Summit Center’s 2020 Virtual Autism Walk Facebook group here (be sure to use the hashtag #54forsummit). We may share some of our favorites on The Summit Center’s Facebook page!

The Summit Center Announces Virtual Walk!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Who is your 1 in 54?

Will you be walking for your granddaughter? Your nephew? Your student?

 
The Event
We encourage you to devote 54 minutes of your time in honor of the 1 in 54 children impacted by autism. Anytime from June 1 – June 6, walk for 54 minutes. Or, walk a little each day to total 54 minutes over the course of the week.
 
Instead of gathering together at The Summit Center, participants will walk in their own neighborhood, in their favorite local park, or in a spot they’ve always wanted to visit.

In addition, we’ll be posting weekly challenges to complete in celebration of The Summit Center’s work to make lives better.
 
Different Locations. Same Mission.
The Summit Center needs your support more than ever to continue providing exceptional programs and services. Here is a quick overview of what you can do to help:

  • Begin by registering and creating your personal fundraising page. Be sure to include a story of why Summit is so important to you.
  • Set a fundraising goal that reflects your appreciation for The Summit Center.
  • Share your personal page on social media.
  • Use the Email tab on your personal page to reach out to friends and family to make a donation.
  • Post photos and videos of your adventures on social media so our community can see your passion.
  • Use the hashtag #54forsummit and we will share as many of your posts as possible.
  • You can also share photos and videos with autismwalk@thesummitcenter.org.
A virtual walk also enables those who do not live in Western New York to take part! Spread the word to family and friends who would love to express their support for a special person in their life. They can show solidarity by registering and walking in their own community.
 
 
 
 
 

Coronavirus: Update 3/20

Friday, March 20, 2020

With the serious concerns that the coronavirus brings, our focus has shifted to your health and safety. We have therefore made the decision to postpone the Walk. A new date will be announced in the coming weeks.

We recognize that you are living through a stressful time. And yet, we hope you will continue to advocate for the people who depend on Summit. You just might be a member of the Summit family.

Your Autism Walk page will remain active. By continuing to solicit donations, you are bringing opportunities for success to hundreds of children and adults.

 

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to Summit, and for inspiring us to give 110% to those we serve.

Coronavirus Statement

Friday, March 13, 2020

Update (3/13): Like you, we are closely monitoring developments associated with the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Because the situation is changing so rapidly, as of right now, we are planning at the event will go on as scheduled. This is subject to change based on new information. We hope we can count on you to continue to support us in reaching our goal of $300,000 by April 25. Your contributions are critical to making lives better, one milestone at a time. If you have any questions, please email us at autismwalk@thesummitcenter.org. Thank you so much!

It's Tops Week!

Friday, February 21, 2020

It’s Tops Week! Thanks to our friends at Tops Friendly Markets, you can save big bucks on your grocery bill this week!


If you didn't win, do not fret because Tops Week is not over just yet. You can still save big bucks at the grocery store! We're giving away five more $50 Tops gift cards this week.

All you have to do is receive one donation on your fundraising page this week. All registered walkers who receive a donation this week will be automatically entered in a drawing to win a $50 Tops gift card. We're picking five winners!

Now is the time to start reaching out to friends and family to donate to your page so that you can be eligible to win. Donations to your page must have been received from Monday (2/24) to Friday (2/28).

It can be a $1 donation or $100! Any donation amount makes you eligible to win! For every donation you get on your page this week, you will receive one entry into our drawing (1 donation = 1 entry, 2 donation = 2 entries, 3 donation = 3 entries, etc). We'll announce the five winners on Monday, March 2nd. 

#WhyIWalk - Nicole

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Read Summit parent Nicole's story of why she has participated in our Autism Walk for the last 5 years.

"Why I walk.....that question has so many answers. The Summit Center has been an integral part of our son Teddy’s special education journey since he was diagnosed with autism at 18 months old. Since the early days of intervention, therapeutic services have been key to the great strides our son has made year after year. This will be our 6th year walking, and our 5th year as team Teddy's Trailblazers. I can't imagine where Teddy would be without the range of services he has received over the years at Summit.

For those who have known Teddy all these years, it's hard to believe that once little, beautiful bright eyed boy, who was silent and serene is now this young man; almost 8 years old and who endearingly won the "social butterfly" award in his classroom last year. I never knew how much it was going to mean to me, for my son to find his voice until he said "Good morning Momma" without any prompts one morning. It's those day in and day out little interactions that we see him thriving in, where once he just was not present and participating. It's in those moments, where our breath is taken away and anything is possible from there on out.

I'm thankful for the educators at Summit, who strive to an exceptional level of teaching. Year after year, Teddy has received a new team of providers who are all in his corner pushing him to challenge himself and find his potential. Just this year, a new stride was made with Miss Pernal, his second grade teacher. His trust in her, and her belief in him now has him trying new foods daily. This was a HUGE deal to our family. Teddy has always struggled with eating. We've battled the feeding challenges to the point where we had to contemplate a feeding tube, because our son was not healthy. It's amazing to us, that this is no longer a concern as we know Summit has his back and will continue to work with him.

There has yet to be one challenge that we were faced with Teddy and his Autism journey that we were unable to reach out to Summit about, where they collectively found tools, advice or behavioral interventions to help us overcome them. There is a sense of relief that comes with being a part of a school that treats you more like family than they do a number. I know that as long as Teddy has Summit in his corner, he will continue to blossom into the independent individual we know he has inside of him. These are just a few of the many reasons I walk."

#WhyIWalk - Nick

Thursday, January 23, 2020

We're excited to share our very first #WhyIWalk story from Nick! 

"As someone who has worked at The Summit Center for 9 years I know how important our programs are to the lives of our students and their families. Growing up in a small town, my brother, who is on the spectrum, had limited access to services staffed by a passionate and well trained team.

I’m proud of what he has accomplished and I think his public school helped him develop skills to succeed, I wonder what his life would be like if he had more access to quality education and services that more fully understood his needs.

I’m proud of the work we do at Summit and our vision to make lives better! We daily strive to have a positive impact on our students by helping them develop skills to become more independent, socially empowered, adaptable, and better able to communicate their wants and needs.

We hold our teachers to a high standard of effectiveness and use powerful, research based, tools to deliver quality instruction. I have enjoyed participating in Summit’s annual walk because I delight in seeing our community come together for this fun event, and know how important the funds we raise are to Summit’s ability to deliver quality education.

The Summit Autism Walk 2013 was the first time I formed a team, The Spice Rack! I’ve since started or joined several teams, volunteered at the Walk and served on the walk committee. I’ve even gone behind the mask with these Star Wars guys!"

Thank you Nick for sharing your story!

Here's how to register for the 2020 Autism Walk:

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Can you believe it's already that time of the year again? Registration for the 2020 Autism Walk opens on Monday, January 13! Here's how you can register:

On our homepage, select the "Register" button and complete the form. You will be guided through the registration process. If you will be attending the Walk, please select Physical Fundraiser. If you will NOT be able to attend the Walk, but would still like to raise funds and awareness for Summit, please select Virtual Fundraiser. Once your transaction is complete, you will receive a confirmation email receipt.

If you are a returning walker from the 2020 Autism Walk, please login with your username and password form last year. It will then pre-populate some of your information when you complete the registration form.

All team members must use their own email.

Please call us at 716.629.3423 or email us at autismwalk@thesummitcenter.org with any questions!