All in for Autism: 2017 Wrap Up

Posted By Kaj Pedersen

Earlier this year, the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club (BBRC) organized the All in for Autism 5K/10K Run/Walk in Bellevue. The event is in its eleventh year and took place on April 23, 2017. This event has become Bellevue’s premier running event that caters for enthusiasts and families alike and we successfully attracted over 2,500 people to the race. We raised over $135K from the event and these funds will be disbursed to our partners: Kindering and Special Olympics Washington, plus Rotary projects that benefit children and families locally and internationally.

BBRC’s Run was well organized with over 300 volunteers, police and city workers making sure all aspects of the event were nailed down to ensure participants had a smooth experience. Many of the participants were complimentary of the well managed operations that covered the smallest of details from registration to getting around the course safely. The City of Bellevue Mayor, John Stokes, took the opportunity to declare April Autism Month in support of the event. We were also supported by local celebrities Zach Scott (Sounders) and Dennis Bounds, formerly of KING5 news.

The involvement from our sponsors was one of the corner-stones of the events success and, we were pleased, the following companies provided support: Bellevue Collection, Escape Outdoors, Starbucks, Amazon, Overlake Medical Center, City of Bellevue, Acme Foods, Advance Renal Tech, GLY, OfferUp, Parallels, Brazen Family, Atlas Informatics, Bellevue Optometry, BSD Foundation, Eagle Beverage, Monger Properties, Microsoft, Nintendo, Uwajimaya, TM Investments, Hutchinson & Walter CPAs, Davis Wright Tremaine, and Costco. We also had incredible support from the many booth sponsors on the day and we are grateful for their involvement in our eleventh year of the run.

On 8th September we are planning to donate $20,000 to our primary beneficiary, Kindering and this will be made to Mimi Siegel, the Executive Director of Kindering. The presentation of the check will take place at the Glendale Country Club, during the BBRC breakfast meeting, which is scheduled to start at 7:30am. We extend an invitation to you to join us for breakfast this coming Friday to report on the presentation and learn from the BBRC and others about our commitment to Autism and the community in other areas of Rotary Service.

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