Tomorrow is the annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks. My sister Charlene and I will be on the team Peter’s Pride, led by photographer and volunteer extraordinaire Ann Rumrill. 1 in 88 children are now being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. That’s a staggering number. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. , and funds are needed for research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure. You can visit http://www.autismspeaks.org/about-us for information including a Resource Guide and Tool Kits. It’s a wonderful organization.
And speaking of wonderful, I have to mention Uno Chicago Grill. They have given generously every year, donating gift cards and goody bags as well as holding Dough Rai$ers. And they are so nice about it that they make you feel as if you are doing them the favor! I’ve always loved this restaurant for its great food and all the perks of the Insider’s Club. All you have to do is sign up via email and you get coupons, free samples at taste-testings, special events, and a free entrée on your birthday. What more could a person want? Oh yes, a bartender like the irrepressible Gary! He sometimes doubles as a waiter, and he gave Ann and myself different colors of straws and every kind of fruit as a garnish on our non-alcoholic drinks. Such gestures make you feel like you’re really important. So thank you Gary, thank you Ann Kabel (who stayed late to talk to us) and thank you Henrietta Uno Chicago Grill!
It’s supposed to be a beautiful day tomorrow, 65° and some sun. I’ll let you know if Char and I survive the walk. Something tells me that we won’t be the first to cross the finish line 🙂 But who cares, it’s for a good cause and it’s fun!