–by Mary Helen Darah
The fourth annual ‘Lace It, Face It, Walk for the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio’, sponsored by Meijer, will be held on Sept. 17, at Olander Park, 6930 Sylvania Ave. ‘Lace It’ is for the walk; ‘Face It’ is for Autism Awareness.
Registration begins at 8 a.m., and entrance to the park will be free for participants that morning. Guests should park near the shelter and in the
Tam-O-Shanter lot next door. IDance will kick-off the walkers at 9 a.m. from Open Air Shelter #2, and will begin the walk’s 1.1 mile loop.
Walkers may walk the loop as many times as they like. Please note that Olander Park does not allow dogs. During, and following the walk, participants can enjoy a variety of activities including a visit with Muddy the Mud Hen, a visit from the Toledo Zoo outreach program, face painting, and outdoor games. Teams and individuals can also memorialize the event with a hand print art painting to take home.
Registrations will be accepted until the start of the event. The registration fee is $20 per adult walker.
Children under age 10 may walk for free without a walk t-shirt, or for $10 with a tshirt.
Participants are encouraged to raise pledges in honor of loved ones with autism and to assemble walking teams. Walkers who raise $45 in pledges (over and above the registration fee) will receive a pair of puzzlepiece shoelaces specially made for the walk. All donations raised will benefit the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio to help provide services to all affected by autism.
For more information or to download a registration/pledge form, visit: