​​​​​​​​Columbus AUTISM SPEAKS WALK WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR THE AUTISM COMMUNITY Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Woodruff Park: Columbus, GA – The Georgia chapter of Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, will hold its inaugural 2017 Columbus Autism Speaks Walk event on Saturday, September 16 at Woodruff Park. Proceeds from inaugural Columbus Walk will support Autism Speaks’ mission to promote solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
 Autism Speaks Walk is the world’s largest fundraising event to enhance the lives of people with autism today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. The events are powered by the love of parents, grandparents, children, siblings, friends, relatives, and support providers for the special people in their lives living with autism. Funds raised help fuel innovative research and make connections to critical lifelong supports and services.
The Columbus Walk event will include a 2 mile walk around Columbus, Autism Speaks resources, local community sponsor resource fair to connect families with local educational resources, therapists, recreational programs and child-friendly activities, a sensory friendly morning, children’s activities, games and crafts.
Alpha Xi Delta proudly serves as the North American sponsor of Autism Speaks Walk. Since 2009, Alpha Xi Delta has raised more than $5 million dollars for Autism Speaks, and they currently participate at Autism Speaks Walk events nationwide. Alpha Xi Delta’s work not only generates vital funds for autism research, but also raises awareness for autism. On World Autism Awareness Day in 2015, they lit more than a thousand buildings blue as part of Autism Speaks’ Light It Up Blue campaign in honor of the millions people affected by autism worldwide.  Local sponsors of the walk include: C.W. Bradley & Georgia Behavior Specialists.  Join the movement today: Register for an Autism Speaks Walk at www.AutismSpeaks.org/Walk or contact: Kaitlyn Morris at Georgia@autismspeaks.org

Celebration of Hope:  Local domestic violence shelter Hope Harbour is excited to announce Celebration of Hope, a fundraising event that will take place at the Columbus GA Convention & Trade Center on Thursday September 21, 2017.  “This annual luncheon helps tell Hope Harbour’s story.  Our speaker this year will be Mildred Muhammad. Ms. Muhammad is a victim who became a survivor and is now a warrior on the issues of abuse.  Her ex-husband, John Allen Muhammad, was the convicted and now executed DC Sniper.  The horrific crime that took place in the Washington, D.C area in 2002 resulted in innocent people being killed. This was a crime of domestic violence and child custody because what the public did not know was that she was the intended target.  Ms. Muhammad will share her story with hopes to encourage and empower others” says Board President West Pryor. “The event is open to the public.  The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. and will conclude at 1 p.m.  Reservations are required.  Tickets can be purchased now through September 15th for $40 each or $320 for a table of eight.  Large baskets filled with wonderful items will be raffled off.  Tickets are $1 each available for purchase from any Board or Auxiliary member or at the luncheon with all proceeds benefiting victims of domestic abuse.   For ticket or event information visit www.hopeharbour.org or please call Lindsey Reis at (706) 256-0238.