Lindsay Automotive Group, one the greater D.C. metro area’s oldest family-owned auto dealer groups, today announced its support for the 2012 Washington D.C. Walk Now for Autism Speaks. The event raises money for Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism advocacy organization and donations are used to fund research, awareness and outreach. The walk will take place the morning of Saturday, November 3 and the staging area and walk start will be by the intersection of 9th Street and Madison Drive, NW, in front of the National Museum of Natural History. Registrations and donations are being accepted at: Walk Now for Autism Speaks.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that autism affects 1 in 88 children in the United States, and 1 in 54 boys. More children are affected by autism than by AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, Down syndrome and muscular dystrophy– combined. In addition, autism prevalence figures are increasing and it is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. Despite these facts, autism remains one of the most underfunded areas of research, on average receiving less than 5% of the research funding received by many less prevalent childhood diseases.
Lindsay Automotive Group is currently holding a campaign in which $15 will be donated to Walk Now for Autism Speaks for the first 1,000 “likes” the dealer group’s Facebook page receives. In addition, Lindsay will donate $100 for every car sold between now and October 31. Further, Michael Lindsay, president of Lindsay Automotive Group, and his family will participate in the walk, as well as numerous Lindsay staff members. Michael stated, “I am dedicated to finding the cause and prevention of what has now clearly become an epidemic for the nation’s children.” Last year the dealer group raised $103,000 for Walk Now for Autism Speaks and this year hopes to top that number.
Ann Gibbons, executive director for Autism Speaks in the National Capital Area, commented, “Autism can be a very isolating disorder for the whole family. Michael Lindsay’s leadership has meant so much to our D.C. families. He has encouraged the conversation about autism in our community that really helps to engage and support families, like his, who deal with autism spectrum disorders every day. Michael has been walking with and supporting us since 2006!”
Live entertainment for the event begins at 9:00 A.M. and continues throughout the morning. In addition, there will be a Resource Fair with more than 30 area vendors offering children’s activities. Geoffrey the Giraffe from Toys “R” Us and Talking Tom will also attend the walk and provide entertainment. Support for Michael Lindsay’s Walk Now for Autism Speaks donation page can be offered at: Michael Lindsay’s personal page.
About Autism Speaks:
Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.
About Lindsay Automotive Group:
The Lindsay Automotive Group has been an important part of the Washington, D.C. metro area community for decades. Beginning with Lindsay Cadillac of Alexandria opening in 1963, three generations of Lindsay’s have been involved in the daily operations of the dealership family that now includes Lindsay Lexus of Alexandria, Lindsay Ford of Wheaton, MD, Lindsay Chevrolet of Woodbridge and Saturn Service Center in Woodbridge, VA, Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles in Sterling, VA and most recently, Lindsay Mitsubishi in Alexandria.
Having been in the same location since 1963, the Lindsay organization is actively engaged in the greater Washington, D.C. community. Their philanthropic philosophy reflects a preference towards activities and events that benefit children. As such, they are regular sponsors of the annual Children’s Ball at Children’s Hospital, the Boys & Girls Club of Alexandria and Autism Speaks. Lindsay Automotive Group has also been a platinum sponsor of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, and annually sponsors the Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk and Life with Cancer golf tournament for INOVA Hospital. Through charitable donations, sponsorships and program advertisements, Lindsay supports many public and private events and activities in the greater Washington, D.C. area.