Dear Friends: 

Each day, as it has for 27 years, the Howard County Autism Society provides support, resources, and advocacy for individuals with autism and their families with services that are available at no or low cost to all who seek them. The time of COVID-19 has been no different as HCAS pivoted this spring to provide over 100 hours of programming; 1:1 supports from our special education consultant and social worker; scores of autism-specific resources on our website; and emergency grants for families most seriously impacted by the pandemic.    

Help us continue these efforts by becoming a sponsor of our 2020 Annual Autism Walk & 5K Run on October 3, 2020.  Your participation today will help keep our programs strong, connecting people with autism to life’s infinite possibilities!

In light of guidance from the CDC and in keeping with the Road to Recovery plan initiated by the State of Maryland, we are reimagining this year as a hybrid event on October 3, 2020 with the option for runners, walkers and supporters to participate either virtually or in person at Centennial Park.  

As a sponsor of #EveryStepCounts, you will “feel the love” from the moment registration opens in July through the actual event on October 3rd with new and exciting options for 2020 based on your level of support: 

  • Visibility on our Virtual 5K Run Course, a digitalized version of the actual 5K run at Centennial Park!
  • Digital marketing presence on our website, social media, and Facebook LIVE event on October 3rd
  • Promotional opportunities through contest prizes, fundraising incentives, and event awards (e.g. eGift Cards, giveaways, etc.)
  • Vendor Station at our Kick-Off Event on August 30th, a Car Parade & Packet Pick-Up through the HCAS parking lot
  • Chance to form a team at your organization to run and walk with us either virtually or in person

And … our audience will be even larger this year as we join forces with the Autism Society of Baltimore-Chesapeake, working together to support a local autism community that is more than 5,000 strong!   

The event brings together those touched by autism and the greater community in an energizing and fun environment.  There will be a multitude of engaging contests, activities and fundraising challenges in the weeks and months leading up to the event.  We will be sharing hundreds of pictures, stories and videos provided by individuals, families and sponsors showing their support for the autism community.

Best of all, proceeds from the event will continue to stay right here in Central Maryland, directly impacting the lives of local children and adults with autism. This year, our goal is to collectively raise $75,000.    

Nationally the prevalence of autism is estimated at 1 in 54 births by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The overall rate in Maryland is about 1 in 52–one of the highest in the country-and Howard County has the highest incidence of autism per capita in the state owing to the quality of its educational system, support services and accepting community.  Now more than ever, #EveryStepCounts so that we can continue to provide critical services, raise awareness, and educate the public about the complexities of autism.  

Please CLICK HERE to download our sponsorship packet with information about our event and the benefits of joining us as a sponsor this year. Should you have additional questions, please contact Melissa at 410-290-3466 or email melissa.rosenberg@howard-autism.org .

#EveryStepCounts   #AutismStrongMD

 Warm regards,  


Robin Kittleman, Chair                                             Melissa Rosenberg, Executive Director

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