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 Thank You!


 Community Autism Resources would like to thank all of the individuals, families, teams and volunteers who attended our 13th Annual Hearts and Hands Walk/5K for Autism on Saturday, October 1st! Despite the weather, there were 516 people who participated in the walk, 29 people who participated in the 5K and 80 Volunteers! With the number of participants and organization that is required to host this event, it is extremely difficult to book venues, vendors and schedule volunteers for two separate dates. We appreciate your understanding that even when the weather doesn’t cooperate this event must be held rain or shine.


We are so grateful to have the many wonderful people who ‘teamed up’ to raise vital funding, and who believe it is important to raise money that will stay here in Southeastern Massachusetts to provide services and supports for children, teens and adults with ASD and their families, through Community Autism Resources. Did you know that the Hearts & Hands Walk/5K Run for Autism and Family Fun Day is our signature fundraiser? Although we are partially funded by DDS, we depend on our annual walk, and the 5K Run for the first time this year , to raise funds to continue to provide the FREE and vital services and supports to children, teens, adults and their families, as they face the everyday challenges of living with Autism Spectrum Disorders. All the games, activities, prizes and refreshments are FREE to you, as a thank you for your efforts in helping us take action and raise money for this event!

You made a difference for people living with Autism Spectrum Disorders by helping to raise $65,276.00 (our preliminary total) and we are still receiving donations and matching gifts!!


We ask all participants in the day’s events, including volunteers, to take a very brief survey about your walk/5K experience! We already have a working list of things that will be improved for next year, to make this event BIGGER and BETTER! Please forward the link to all of your family/friends/team members who attended the walk. To take this brief survey and help us make next year’s walk/5K an even greater experience, please visit:


Our Amazing Walk Teams


This year we had 47 teams/families who participated in the Hearts & Hands Walk for Autism! 10 of those teams were Virtual Teams who fundraised, even though they weren’t able to attend the walk/run! Thank you to everyone who formed teams or who walked with their family members and friends, to raise much needed funds and awareness. You made a difference for people living with Autism Spectrum Disorders!



We have 1 team who is a $5K Challenge WINNER for raising over $5,000.00! This team will chose $500.00 in gift card(s)/certificate(s) to be used for educational, therapeutic and/or recreational opportunities! They are:


  • J.J.’s Hope & Friends who raised $12,514.00!


We also have 2 “Surprise Prizes,” for the 2 Teams who came in right below the $5K Challenge Winner! They are:


  • Scott's Tot's/DR United who raised $3,215.00!
  • Love for Liam who raised $3090.00!


Scott's Tot's/DR United will be given first choice between 1 Overnight Stay at the Hampton Inn-Plymouth & 2 Passes to Plimoth Plantation; Valued at $223.00 or 2 Roundtrip Seastreak Ferry Tickets, departure from New Bedford to Marthas Vineyard; Valued at $140.00!


Aside from these winners, our top 10 fundraising teams as of October 18th are:


  1. Westport Puzzle Pieces: $2,818.13
  2. Perfect Chase: $2,800.00
  3. Team Gavin: $2,741.00
  4. The DEAN Team!: $2,400.00
  5. Ethan’s Entourage: $2,300.00
  6. Andrew’s Army: $1,925.00
  7. Blue Heron Heroes: $1,815.00
  8. Team Dillon: $1,768.00
  9. Keegan’s Krusaders: $1,614.55
  10. Avery’s Angels: $1,390.00


Our Volunteers are the HEART of Community Autism Resources


“The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.” - DeAnn Hollis


  • The Hearts & Hands Walk and Family Fun Day Planning Committee: For all of their hard work planning the day’s festivities!
  •  Francis Farm: For allowing us to hold our event at their beautiful venue!
  • Gary of Ocean State MultiSport: For creating and marking off our walk/5K route and keeping our participants safe!
  • Marcie Benjamin of Pink Umbrella Design: For her talents & the beautiful job she did on our brochures & programs!
  • Steve Martin of Stop & Shop Fall River: For generously donating all of the fruit for our event!
  • Team Che: For securing drink donations from both Coca-Cola & Pepsi!
  • Our Friends from Rentals Unlimited & New England Pretzel & Popcorn: For helping to get all of the popcorn and sno-cone supplies!
  • Target #1189 Taunton: Who volunteered their time, donated 40 cases of water & $100.00 worth of gift cards for our raffle!
  • Natasha Vera of Happy Faces & Casey Miranda of Casey's Fun Faces: For donating their time, talents & service to create amazing face painting for all of the children and for their willingness to Co-Sponsor and work together!
  • Lindsey Cabral of Nobrega Studio: For donating her time and service to capture memories during the days event!
  • A Piece of Cake Parties: For Bringing Tinker bell, Stinkey Pete & their surprise guests for some fun!
  • Perfect Chase: For bringing his family, friends and his wonderful book to our event to share with us!
  • Piezoni’s: For their generosity and support, providing the days lunch.



We are so thankful for our Family Fun Day Volunteers! Truly, a wonderful group of people who volunteered their Saturday to work on the games, in the food court, registration, First Aide, the Autism Awareness Store, the raffle as well as set up and clean up.


Sherry Amaral-Lopez, Linda Armstrong, Wendy Brown, Lindsey Cabral, Sharon Dalessio, Kate Dansereau, Matt Dansereau, Olivia Dansereau, Sam Dansereau, Lori DeCrescenzo, Tony Depina, Jenny Dinkins, Barbara Domingue, Bob Domingue, Nathan Domingue, Nick Domingue, Sariah Dyer, Bobby Fox, Mary Fox, DJ Gaudino, Peter Gaudino, Mary Hadley, Keegan Hamblett, Sandy Holmes, Emily Jones, Nicholas Lapham, Carly Lavalley, Radames Lopez, Alyssa Lynch, Janice Lynch, Julie Lynch, Jenn Lynch-Peters, Jeremiah Lynch, Glen Masse, Christopher Mays, Janet McTarnaghan, Charlene Medeiros, Crystal Medeiros, Delia Medeiros, Henry Medeiros, Gary Menissian, Casey Miranda, Amanda Moniz, Barbara Nogeira, Keith Palmer, Hannah Peters, Amato Polselli, Chris Polselli, David Polselli, Debra Polselli, Dennis Polselli, Donna Polselli, Karlene Polselli, Olivia Polselli, Julia Quintin, Robin Quintin, Stachua Rainville, Bob Randall, Chris Randall, Jan Randall, Debbie Raposo, David Reis, Cassie Ricco, Mike Ricco, Parker Ricco, Miah Sanders, Justin Sousa, Kim Souza, Danielle Todd, Richie Todd, Patricia Toomey, Bethany Vanasse, Natasha Vera, Sheri Vieira, Brooke Walker, Kerrie Walker, Katharine Waskiel, Allie White, Shannon Witter and Rick Zins.


We Honor our Sponsors and Donors


“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” - Calvin Coolidge


The Hearts & Hands Walk/5K for Autism could not happen without our wonderful Sponsors. Please take a moment to patronize these businesses for their support…because when they sponsor the Hearts & Hands Walk/5K for Autism, they are supporting services for families with Autism Spectrum Disorders all throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.


Diamond Heart Sponsors:


Francis Farm

Collaborative Consulting, LLC


People Incorporated



Golden Heart Sponsors:


Devin Laubi Foundation

BayCoast Bank

The Holy Spirit Society of St. Dominic’s Parish

Fall River National Little League-Dumont Field



Silver Heart Sponsors:



GI ProHealth

Crystal Springs, INC.

Montano’s Restaurant

Maxwell's Squad/Stecker Family

Vittorio Veneto Sons of Italy #1035 Fall River


Helping Hands Sponsors:


Time Timer

Somerset Federal Credit Union 

TD Social Skills

Seekonk Speedway

Future Horizons

Roger Williams Park Zoo

Ryan Family Amusements, Inc.

Plimoth Plantation


North Bowl Lanes

Southwick’s Zoo

Therapro, Inc.

The Adventure Park at Heritage Museums & Gardens

Lafrance Hospitality Company

Showcase Cinemas

Photo Booths of Southern New England

Providence Children’s Museum

Payroll Express, Inc.-Somerset

Barb Jansen

Barbara Cutler

New England Aquarium

Road ID

Pink Umbrella Design

East Coast Screen Printing

Target #1189 Taunton


CVS Pharmacy-Pleasant Street Fall River

Karla Rapoza-Norwex Independent Consultant

Fall River Carousel Lions Club

LuLaRoe by Jenn & Amanda

Kristen Roussel- 31 Gifts Independent Consultant

Cracker Barrell-Wrentham

Dunkin Donuts-Myricks St Berkley

Fitness Together-Barrington/Lincoln

Stop & Shop Fall River #0473

A Piece of Cake Parties

Francis Farm 


Activity/Station Sponsors:


Happy Faces by Natasha Vera & Casey's Fun Faces  

  • Proudly donated their time & services and Co-Sponsored our Face Painting Station

Down to Earth Natural Foods for People & Pets New Bedford

  • Donated all of the Gluten Free Breakfast/Snack Bars & Proudly Co-Sponsored the Breakfast/Snack Station

Fall River National Little League at Dumont Field

  • Proudly Sponsored the Balloon Animal Artist, Character Meet & Greet with Tinker bell & Stinkey Pete and the Magic Show

New England Pretzel & Popcorn

  • Discounting all of the Sno-Cone & Popcorn supplies & Proudly Sponsored this station

Target Stores-Taunton

  • Donated 40 cases of water

Rhode Island Novelty

  • Donated & Proudly Sponsored our Prize Table

The Coffee Pot (Located in the Emergency Department at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River)

  • Donated and Proudly Co-Sponsored the Breakfast/Snack & Coffee Station

Keegan's Krusaders

  • Proudly Sponsored our Basketball Game

J.J.'s Hope & Friends

  • Proudly Sponsored our Bubble Creation Station & our Sensory Treasure Hunt and donated the chips & juice boxes, Proudly Co-Sponsoring our Snack & Drink Stations

Pepsi & Coca-Cola

  • Thanks to Team Che, Pepsi & Coca-Cola Co-Sponsored & proudly donated the Gatorade, Powerade and water for our drink station

Nobrega Studio

  • Proudly Donated their time & services to capture our event


  • Proudly Sponsored our lunch for the day

Alternatives ABA

  • Proudly Sponsored our Photo Booth


Family/Friend Sponsored Program:

We were so thrilled with the response we received! We want to thank all of the families/friends for sharing your beautiful photos and words with us, to publish in our program!


Congratulations to our 2016 Volunteer of the Year, Glenn Masse!

We are so appreciative of Glenn’s unwavering support for the work we do! We were so proud to honor him as our Volunteer of the Year!

Glenn Masse has been volunteering for the Hearts and Hands Walk for Autism for over 5 years. 

He originally heard about the walk while arranging for parent training through CAR for the Kennedy Donovan Center.  He offered to volunteer on the spot and has been with us ever since!

 He is one of the many people that we rely on every year to get the walk set up, run successfully and cleaned up and packed away. Glenn doesn’t need much instruction and is always great at finding what needs to be done and just doing it!

He is willing to complete any task that we ask and attend to any of the field day games (although you will usually find him at the basketball game with his buddies).  Glenn not only volunteers for the day, but he also supports some of our young adults with ASD who volunteer for the day.

 Many of the people who volunteer for the walk are family members or friends of staff, or have a personal connection to CAR in one way or another. Glenn just came out of the goodness of his heart and continues to do so year after year.  When asked why he volunteers every year Glenn simply said “I look forward to spending time with the families and children each year, pursuing opportunities to have fun and laugh.  I find it to be very enjoyable and fulfilling.” Thank you Glenn! We could do not this without dedicated volunteers like you every year.


Congratulations to our 2016 Sponsor of the Year,

Fall River National Little League!


Crystal Medeiros, CAR’s Development Coordinator, wrapped up her 7th Little League Baseball Season, with her dear family & friends from Fall River National Little League at Dumont Field! Each of the last 7 seasons, FRNLL has adopted Autism as their charity of choice, for the entire season!

 FRNLL has hosted their annual Batting for a Cause Tournament, for the past 7 seasons with all of the proceeds from the tournament donated to CAR! In total, FRNLL has helped Crystal & her family raise over $50,000! Not only has FRNLL taken action, brought much needed Autism Awareness to their community (and surrounding cities/towns who join their tournament), and helped raise much needed funding, they have also sponsored our Hearts & Hands Walk/5K Run for Autism!

 The hard work and the endless hours they put into this tournament each year, does NOT go unrecognized and we can't thank them enough for all that they do, ALL SEASON LONG!

Although they are a small little league, there is no doubt that they have BIG hearts!  They have been absolutely wonderful to work with over the years and CAR is so grateful and honored to have such a wonderful and caring group to be a part of!


5K Race Results

For the 2nd year, we added a 5K to our existing walk! We want to thank everyone who participated!

Congratulations to Patti Agustin for placing Overall Female & Jacob Manchester for placing Overall Male in our race!



Check out the race results here:   Overall  |   Age Groups


We have already posted Photo Booth Photos and other event photos on Facebook!


Nobrega Studio has created a link to access their photos! You can log in using your name and email.  Anyone wishing to purchase prints you can do so by contacting Nobrega Studio directly.



Community Autism Resources offers our most HEARTFELT THANKS to all of the businesses & individuals who supported the day’s events and to YOU for being there! The money that you have raised will support the wide variety of services we provide to all those within our region.