Monday, April 20, 2009

Autism Awareness Day

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As Screech awaited the toss at home plate, Noah stood on the mound--smiling. His father, Dwayne Herndon, happily taking in the moment. Before Sunday afternoon's game at Nationals Park, a special Starting Nine took the field with Our Washington Nationals. And Noah--whose first name is well known throughout The South Capitol Street Ballpark thanks to Noah's Pretzels--was given the honor of throwing The Ceremonial First Pitch.

April is Autism Awareness Month and in their continuing efforts to reach out and serve those within their very own community, Our Washington Nationals have been hosting a series of events during the first month of the regular season. As mentioned previously, all nine April Home Games have been designated as ticket fundraising events for three local autism organizations. The Community Services for Austic Adults and Children (CSAAC), DC Autism Parents and Sport Plus will man a Community Table in Centerfield Plaza at Nationals Park to reach out and help those families in need. And to help raise needed funding money, Our Washington Nationals are providing discounted tickets to all April Games for anyone wanting to help at events and clicking on the Autism Awareness Month link. The donation portion of each purchased ticket on the website is included in the convenience fee for each ticket.

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On April 19th--these local autism efforts were honored. Noah's Pretzels began operations by Mr. Herndon as a fundraiser for his Noah--who is autistic. A portion of profits from all Noah's Pretzel purchases at Nationals Park, Verizon Center, Camden Yards, Lake Forest Mall (Gaithersburg) and even online at Noah's are donated to local autism organizations. While Noah was granted the honor of throwing out the first pitch, SCAAC, DC Autism Parents and Sports Plus rounded out the starting nine by jogging out on the field before yesterday's game to meet and greet a player for Our Washington Nationals.

If you are attending any of the final three home games at Nationals Park this April and wish to donate, be involved or find out more information, you can stop by The Community Table set up in Centerfield Plaza. You can also make a donation, at any time, at both Noah's Pretzels Stands--the main store located behind Section 106 near Centerfield Gate or behind Section 318 Gallery Level.

Washington's Willie Harris is scheduled to make a personal appearance to help raise awareness on Wednesday, April 22nd at Mill Town Creek Elementary School in Derwood, Maryland. Some of you may have also heard on the radio, Willie's Commercial speaking on the fundraising efforts of Noah's Pretzels. It airs on every radio broadcast of Our Washington Nationals.

Noah's First Pitch Photos--Courtesy Of The Washington Nationals
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1 comment:

AVM221 said...

Game tonight?