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About the 2021 Autism Hero Walk

The Autism Hero Walk is making a triumphant return to the Detroit Zoo in 2021! Here are a few important things to know before getting started:
 
1) Every fundraiser will get to enjoy the Autism Hero Walk at The Detroit Zoo

 

  • Fundraisers will receive (1) admission to The Detroit Zoo for every $25 they fundraise.
  • There will be a maximum of 8 tickets available per fundraiser/team.

 
2) There is a capacity limit of 900 guests at The Detroit Zoo on Sunday, July 25th
 

  • In compliance with local and state Covid-19 restrictions, The Detroit Zoo has an event capacity of 900 people for the Autism Hero Walk on Sunday, July 25th.
  • The first fundraisers to reach their incentive level will be offered the opportunity to attend the Autism Hero Walk on Sunday, July 25th until all 900 spots are filled.
  • Everyone else who raises $25+ will be given a ticket voucher for admission to The Detroit Zoo on a different day of your choice.
  • Tickets for the Sunday, July 25th event are a first come, first served basis. Donations are non-refundable. This fundraiser allows us to continue to provide free services to thousands of Michigan families affected by autism.

 
3) We will celebrate as one, unified community on Sunday, July 25th!
 

  • The 900 guests at the July 25th event will register for a half hour time slot in which they can arrive and enter the Autism Hero Walk through the front gates of The Detroit Zoo. This is to ensure the crowd is properly spaced out and sensory friendly for our guests with autism. You are welcome to enjoy the Zoo all day upon arrival including our annual Autism Resource Fair with local vendors and businesses that serve the autism community. 
  • All other fundraisers who receive a ticket voucher will be invited to join a very special Virtual Autism Hero Walk on Sunday, July 25th alongside Joe- a local Zoologist, author and self-advocate with autism.

 
4) Autism Hero Walk Backpacks will be gifted to all eligible fundraisers
 

  • Fundraisers will receive a brand new Autism Hero Walk backpack filled with treats and autism resources from our vendors and sponsors. Backpacks will be handed out at the Autism Hero Walk on Sunday, July 25th and at AAoM’s office in Bingham Farms, MI. There is no shipping available- local pickup only. You will be contacted with the pickup dates and times closer to the event.

 
Fundraising Incentives:

Autism Alliance of Michigan provides its programming at no cost to individuals and families living with autism. This is only possible through fundraising events like the Autism Hero Walk. We encourage all participants to donate and fundraise to help AAoM continue its work for Michigan families.

  • $25+ Raised:
    • (1) Admission to The Detroit Zoo
    • Autism Hero Walk 2021 Backpack
  • $500+ Raised:
    • Customized Route or Yard Sign
    • Up to (8) tickets to The Detroit Zoo
    • Autism Hero Walk 2021 Backpacks
  • $1,000+ Raised:
    • Featured “Hero of the Week” on social media
    • Special Edition Green Cape
    • Customized Route or Yard Sign
    • Up to (8) tickets to The Detroit Zoo
    • Autism Hero Walk 2021 Backpacks

 *Maximum of (8) tickets can be achieved per fundraiser/team