Autism Week: Three events kick off Kennedy Center’s celebration

Come bring your family and friends to a magical week of fun and support local children with autism, Sept. 19 to 26.

Three events have been planned by The Kennedy Center’s Autism Project, where children, families and adults have the opportunity to participate in Kennedy Center Autism Week.

The festivities kick off with the Autism SpectRUN set for Saturday, Sept. 19, at Great Hollow Lake at Wolfe Park in Monroe.

Race registration opens promptly at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 8:45 a.m.

This first ever 5K Color Fun Run/Walk/Stroll appeals to all ages. Dress in as many colors as you want; be creative from head to toe. Prizes will be awarded for most colors worn and most unique.

The Kennedy Center will then host an open house Thursday, Sept. 24, at its Autism Project, located at 4021 Main Street, Stratford, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

This weeklong celebration will culminate with Magic Moments, an autism fund-raiser that will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Westport Inn, 1595 Post Road East, Westport. This evening event begins at 7 with a cocktail party, food, silent auction, and music.

A reason to run

During the Autism SpectRUN, you can run, walk or even be a ghost runner (donate funds without participating). It’s all about having fun, being colorful and raising money for an important cause.

The 5K will have a staggered start with runners starting at 9 and walkers at 9:10. Children’s 100YD Bubble Dash will follow. In addition, kids under five may participate with an adult free of charge and do not need to register.

Children 12 and under may register to participate in a 100-yard Bubble Dash for some great prizes and giveaways. And what’s a race without an ending celebration? Join us for live music, food trucks and Casey Carle’s BubbleMania. Food from Taco Loco will be provided to all participants immediately after the race.

Early bird special

There is an early bird special and you can get a deal until Aug. 31 of $30 per adult and $15 per child. After that, prices increase to $35 per adult and $20 per child. There is also a special student price of $20 until Aug. 31 and after it is $25. Register online at . Every pre-registered participant will receive an official SpectRUN T-shirt when they are pre-registered by Sept. 11.

Note that registration fees are waived if you set up a personal fund-raiser page with a minimum of $50 in donations. Prizes and recognition will be given to those meeting donations of $200, $500 and more.

For more information, call Jo Ann at 203-365-8522, ext. 229, email [email protected] or visit If you can’t run, walk or stroll, you can also be a volunteer on race day. Contact Gina at 203-365-8522, ext. 216 or email [email protected] for information.

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