With Easter approaching, I thought it would be a great time to share all that will be happening around town. Many of these events will be good for all members in your family and can offer some wonderful fun.
For over 25 years, the Autism Society Central Virginia, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has served as the region’s premier source of education, advocacy, and support for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), their families and friends, and interested professionals. Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disability that occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups and that causes significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. More people than ever before are being diagnosed with autism, and currently, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimates that an average of 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys) in the United States has an ASD. There is no known cure for autism.
Over the past thirteen years, the Autism Society Central Virginia 5k Run/Walk has grown from a small venture to an annual event that attracted over 1600 participants in 2014. Held at the Innsbrook Pavilion, this family-friendly race includes entertainment, food, exhibitors and a Kid’s Fun Zone. The 5K Run/Walk is one of the Autism Society Central Virginia’s primary sources of income, raising over $90,000 in 2014.
All funds raised from this event will provide much needed support for individuals with autism and their families in Central Virginia. The funds raised here, stay here!
Have you heard about the Deep Run Marathon Dance? I have been fortunate enough to experience this first hand as I have had two children attending Deep Run. This Dance changes lives each year, not only for the local organizations chosen, but for the students who participate and learn so much!
This event is at Richmond Raceway and is a day full of fun for families . There are tons of exhibitors , including camps, places to go, toys and more. Samples of all kinds are offered and most are local to RVA.
What is Jacob’s Chance?
Jacob’s Chance is a non-profit organization that promotes programs to benefit intellectual and physically challenged youth and families. We are developing a community center for teens 11-25 years old that will promote socialization while providing a safe atmosphere.
You may know us better by the primary program our non-profit organization runs, River City Buddy Ball. River City Buddy Ball is in its 6th year of operation. The mission of this program is to promote wellness through exercise and establish relationships between participants with disabilities and volunteers (peer and adult) through athletic programs. River City Buddy Ball began with a baseball program and has added basketball, cheerleading, tennis, soccer and flag football over the past two years.
February 13 – West End Presbyterian Church invites DSAGR members to Night to Shine, an unforgettable (and free) prom night for those 16 and above with special needs sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Walk the red carpet and dance the night away from 6-9 p.m. The registration deadline is Jan. 5 (space is limited). Visit www.nighttoshinerva.com for more information.
Open NOW! This will be a wonderful RVA Tradition starting! Read all about the fun, events and things to do! To enter to win one of many family packs, ach pass is good for one carload packs over the next few weeks , share someting you are excited about after reading the info.