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Community House walk in Hinsdale raises more than $100,000 for autism

The weather Sunday was good for walking by April standards: dry and cool.

Participants in the seventh annual “Walk the Walk for Autism” layered the light blue, long sleeve “Walk” shirts over turtlenecks and under sweatshirts for the 3-mile trek through Hinsdale.

The walk, a fundraiser for Charlie’s Gift Autism Center in Downers Grove, started and ended at the Community Center and went east and west north of Robbins Park.

Students in Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181 joined school teams for the event. As of Monday, the walk website (www.walkthewalk.kintera.org) listed the Panthers from Prospect School in Clarendon Hills as the top team, followed by the Madison Paws for a Cause team from Hinsdale, the Wildcats from Walker School in Clarendon Hills, Charlie’s Angels from the Hinsdale Middle School, and Team Hootie from Oak School in Hinsdale, in that order.

The team that raises the most money gets a school lunch pizza party.

The school with the highest percentage of participants not only wins bragging rights, but also a distinctive trophy, a light blue, high-top gym shoe on a plaque.

The Community House’s goal was to raise $114,000; As of Monday afternoon, $109,059 had been raised, according to the website, with more donations still coming in.

The funds support Charlie’s Gift, which provides services, including clinical therapy, social skills development and parent advocacy, to families dealing with autism and related disorders.

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