FAQs

Any Baby Can’s Walk for Autism & Superhero 5K

April 21, 2018

Have more questions that aren’t answered below?
Contact walkforautism@abcsa.org for more info.

Thank you for registering for your 14th Annual Walk for Autism and Superhero 5K Run! Your first step after registering is to print your confirmation page and either plan on bringing that to Any Baby Can to pick up your wristbands OR bring the confirmation page to the main gate on the day of. Second step; FUNDRAISE! When you registered, a fundraising page was automatically created for you on Crowdrise. If you are a team captain, make sure you communicate with your team and assist them in setting up and personalizing their fundraising page.

Our participants continue to tell us they want to ensure that as many dollars as possible raised through Any Baby Can’s Walk for Autism go directly to provide critically needed case management services and autism family services. Participants and donors should know that since the 1st Walk for Autism, their pledges have had and continue to have a direct impact on families raising individuals with ASD.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Any Baby Can at (210) 227-0170.

General Information

How do I register?

Click here to download your step by step instructions on how to register.

Then click below to get started!

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Fiesta Medal

If you register to participate in the 14th Annual Walk for Autism and/or Superhero 5K and are among the first 4,000 registered participants through the main gate, you will receive an Official Walk for Autism Participant Fiesta medal. OR pick up your medal and wristbands at one the Wristband Pickup Events. There will be t-shirts for sale at Any Baby Can and at the event.

You can also get your LIMITED EDITION Any Baby Can Fiesta Medal for only $10! It can be purchased at Any Baby Can (217 Howard St.) or at the Fiesta Store on Broadway! Or click here to orders online!

Quiet Zone

We are working on a new area that will promote building natural supports while your child with ASD takes a break from the crowd. You will get to meet parents who have gone through a similar journey. You will leave with contact information to call on them whenever you need some added support or guidance from someone who has been there.

What do I need to bring with me on the day of the event?

All participants of the Superhero 5K must be wearing their race number and wristband. All participants of the Walk for Autism must have their wristband to enter the grounds or must print out their confirmation page and bring to the main gate. Children 10 years and under do NOT need to be registered and will receive a wristband upon entering the gate.

Please plan on arriving earlier than start time to allow for parking and visiting our Resource Fair, food booths and Rudy’s Playground.

Please bring cash or credit card!

What happens if it rains on the day of the event?

All event activities will be held on the date scheduled “rain or shine”.

Are bikes, roller-blades, scooters or skateboards allowed at the walk?

Due to the amount of people in attendance and for everyone’s safety, we cannot allow any of these items.

Are strollers and wheelchairs allowed at the event?

Yes. Strollers, wheelchairs and even wagons for the little ones are all welcome and encouraged. Feel free to decorate your strollers and wagons with your team name! No strollers will be allowed in the Superhero 5K.

Are pets allowed at the walk?

Pets are allowed but must follow leash laws. Many children have a fear of animals and even the sweetest pet could negatively affect another participant. Please be sensitive to this issue and have great control of your pets.

Risk Management Plan

Any Baby Can’s Walk for Autism will be held rain or shine. For information regarding First Aid at the event and Any Baby Can’s Emergency and Evacuation Plan, please contact Any Baby Can.

Will there be alcohol sold at the event?

No.

Parking Fees

Free parking will be available.

Cash & Card Only

Only cash and card will be accepted to purchase food and drinks as well as to pay to enter the event. Please plan ahead. ATMs will be onsite. No checks will be accepted on the day of the event.

What is Rudy’s Playground?

Safety and Awareness is a large part of Any Baby Can’s Walk for Autism. Abby Garcia, mother of Rudy Alejos, a 6 year old boy with autism who perished in a fire in August of 2011, has supported the Walk for Autism for years. Abby provided her personal experience and support to add fire safety awareness that is crucial for children with different abilities.

In 2012, Rudy’s Playground was dedicated in the memory of Rudy Alejos during the opening ceremonies of the 8th Annual Walk for Autism at the AT&T Center. Rudy’s playground is an activity area where all children and youth of different abilities can participate and have fun. Activities can include adapted fitness, movement, games, fire and safety demonstrations, and much more! Fun and adapted activities are provided by local therapy providers, schools, civic groups and more.
Help us keep Rudy’s memory alive. Join us for Any Baby Can’s 14th Annual Walk for Autism on April 21, 2018!

Please contact rudysplayground@abcsa.org to be a part of Rudy’s Playground or to get more information. Be a part of the fun and provide a fun activity for individuals of different abilities. It’s free to do and a good way to promote your business or school.
Please contact us at (210) 227-0170 for more information or to get started.

Why is the Walk for Autism at this location?

While we enjoyed being at the AT&T Center for several years, moving to the Helotes Cornyval Grounds saved us a significant amount of money and therefore allows us to continue to provide no cost services for families with individuals with autism. Our hope is to expand our scope of services so that we can reach more families facing autism and offer them even more support and resources. In fact, we already have! In March of 2017 we started a new program called The Birthday Social! Quarterly birthday parties for children with autism.

Donations

Are fundraising incentives going to be available in 2018?

Fundraising incentives will be available for 2018 and will be listed on our website by category. In addition to our traditional incentives, we will be offering fundraising incentives beginning in October. Visit our Fundraising Page for details!

Who should checks be made payable to?

Please ask your supporters to make checks payable Any Baby Can Attn: Walk for Autism.

Are donations tax deductible?

Your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.
Any Baby Can is a registered 501(c)3 organization.

Can I enter donations received via check to my webpage?

There is no way to enter these yourself. Please send all donations directly to:
Any Baby Can
Attn: Walk for Autism (team name or participant name)
217 Howard
San Antonio, TX 78212

Please submit your donations to Any Baby Can  so you will be credited for your fundraising efforts. Once processed, the donation will show on your webpage.

How long will it take before the checks I mailed show up on my page?

Please allow two weeks for your donations to be deposited, processed, and posted to your web page.

Can I continue to collect donations after the event? Where do I send the checks?

Absolutely! Please mail donations to:

Any Baby Can
Attn: Walk for Autism (team name and/or participant name)
217 Howard
San Antonio, TX 78212

What if my donors don’t want to donate online?

You can always have your donors mail their donations directly to our office. Please include participant name and/or team name:

Any Baby Can
Attn: Walk for Autism (team name and/or participant name)
217 Howard
San Antonio, TX 78212

Please have them indicate which participant they are supporting and your name on the memo section of the check.

What if people want to give me cash?

It is safest and best for record-keeping that you convert all cash received to checks or money orders. If you are able, the safest option is to send a personal check covering the full amount to Any Baby Can Attn: Walk for Autism. We will be able to credit your friends and family for their generosity. You can also bring the cash donations to Any Baby Can or to the event on April 21.

Do I have to send in my donations? Can I bring them with me to the event? 

Donations to a specific participant or team should be turned in to Any Baby Can offices or you can mail them in order for them to count towards your team.  We will accept donations at the event but they will not go towards your team.

Any Baby Can – Walk for Autism (team name or participant name)
217 Howard
San Antonio, TX 78212

The last day to register team members and submit money to be counted towards top fundraiser is April 2, 2018. However, you can still make donations after April 2.

Matching Gifts

I submitted a form for matching gifts but do not see the donation on my page. Where is it?

Any Baby Can cannot post a matching gift until the corporation involved approves it. Unfortunately, corporations match gifts on a different timetable during the year. If you have questions regarding your matching gift, please contact your company to see if the donation has indeed been matched. If it has, please contact Any Baby Can by phone at (210) 227-0170 and we will do everything we can to ensure that the donation appears on your page.

Where do I send my matching gift form?

You can send your matching gift form to:

Any Baby Can
Attn: Walk for Autism (team name or participant name)
217 Howard
San Antonio, TX 78212

I don’t know if my company does matching gifts. How do I find out?

Please contact the Human Resources department at your company and inquire if they have a matching gift program.

I think my company matches. How do I get this started?

Every company handles its own matching gift program differently. Please contact your company’s Human Resources department for instructions on how to double your fundraising efforts through matching gifts. Let us know if your company requires any paperwork from Any Baby Can.

Registration

Walk for Autism Team T-shirt Contest

We encourage all teams to create your own team t-shirts and send in a picture of your shirt so that we can reward one lucky team for the best team t-shirt design! Email your T-shirt design to Pauline Barrera at pbarrera@abcsa.org. Your t-shirt must be worn to the event on April 21.

Is it better to register online or register the morning of the event?

There are many advantages to registering before the event. Here are just a few.

1. Registering before April 21 will help you avoid long lines at the main gate. Click here to download step by step instructions on how to Register. 

2. Knowing how many people to expect will help us plan for a better event for everyone. We order all items based on how many people have pre-registered for the event.

3. Each person that registers will receive a fundraising webpage. This will give friends and family a place to go where they can donate directly to you online. You can also customize this page with a photo and special message. Click here for instructions on customize your fundraising page!

Want to confirm your registration?

You can confirm your registration by going to the registration website and looking at the Leaderboard. You will have options to look for your team or by individual.

The first 4,000 registered participants through the main gate will receive an Official Walk for Autism Fiesta medal.

If I am registered, do I need to do anything else to be pre-registered?

Yes, if you are already registered online, you will need to print your confirmation page and either plan on picking up your wristbands at these locations and dates:

  • San Antonio Any Baby Can office (April 14 from 10am – 2pm; April 15 from noon -4pm; April 16-17 from 8am to 8pm)
  • New Braunfels Any Baby Can office (April 16-17 from 8am – 5pm)
  • Kerrville Any Baby Can office (contact Rebecca Mills at rmills@abcsa.org to schedule a pick up time)

Or show your confirmation page at the main gate to receive your wristbands on the day of. Name or transaction number will be used to check you in at the gate and can only be used once (site will update live as participants are checked in).

Your next step will be to customize your online fundraising page that was created for you when you registered.

Some of my family would like to come, but not walk. Do they need to register?

Please make sure to register each person that will attend (even if they do not walk). You must be registered to enter the event grounds unless you are 10 yrs of age or younger.

What is the cut-off to register or join a team?

The last day to register is April 21 at the event.  However, the last day to register team members and submit money to be counted towards Largest Team or Top Fundraiser is April 2, 2018. Remember, you can still register and make donations after April 2, but they will not be reflected on your fundraising page.

Is there a fee to participate?

Yes, everyone 11 yrs old and up must pay to participate.  Children 10 yrs old and under are FREE and do NOT need to be registered. They will receive a wristband when they enter the gate.

Walk for Autism – $15

Superhero 5K – $25

Can I start a team with 2 people?

There is no minimum requirement to form a team.

I have a family member who wants to join my team but may not be able to attend the event. Can they still join my team?

Yes, family members can still support you by joining your team and fundraise as a team member even if they are unable to attend. This will help you be in the running for Largest Team.

Should I register my kids?

Yes, please register everyone 11 years and older who will be attending. This helps us plan for the day of the event. Note: Children 10 and under are FREE and will receive a wristband at the gate, no need to register. Children under 10 will not receive a Fiesta medal. 

Should I start a team or join as an individual?

If you have a friend or family member joining you, please start a team. The Largest Team will win an award. If you are attending alone, please register as an individual. Individuals have the opportunity to win the Top Fundraiser award.

What are the differences between registration options?

As a Superhero 5K participant you will be part of our 8:00am race start and have access to the grounds. The Superhero 5K Run is a timed race and all participants will receive a bib # and timing chip.

As a Walk for Autism participant you will be part of our 9:30am walk start and have access to the grounds. For the Walk for Autism, your team can bring their wagons, signs, and pets.

The first 4,000 registered participants through the main gate will receive an Official Fiesta medal.

What are my options for registration?

We have two categories for registration: The 14th Annual Walk for Autism (2 miles) and The Superhero 5K Run (3.1 miles). You can register for the 14th Annual Walk for Autism or Superhero 5K online, at Any Baby Can, or at the event on April 21. If you register for the Superhero 5K, you can participate in the Walk for Autism. However, participants that are registered for the Walk for Autism CANNOT participate in the Superhero 5K. The Superhero 5K is a timed/chipped event.

Resource Fair

I know a local service that would be a great fit for the Resource Fair, how do I get them involved?

We are always looking for new information for our participants. Please talk to them about the event and ask them to visit our event website to learn more about Any Baby Can’s Walk for Autism event.  They can register here. We ask that all participants in the Friends of Frances Resource Fair provide a child friendly activity at the resource table. Below is a list of activities that have been offered in the past, or get creative and offer something new.

  • Face painter
  • Bean bag toss
  • Coloring books
  • Play-Doh table
  • Bubbles (please check with us for venue rules and regulations)
  • Arts and crafts projects
  • Carnival style activity

** We can help you come up with an activity**

What is the Resource Fair?

Our Resource Fair is made up of booths of local service providers who are there to talk to you and your family about services offered for children and adults with autism and other special medical needs. This year, the resource fair will be formally named, Friends of Frances Resource Fair during the opening ceremonies in honor of Frances Ramirez.  Frances has dedicated 30 years to families in need of resources and is one of three ladies who started the Walk for Autism in 2005.

Sponsorship

Can sponsorship money be credited to a personal or corporate team?

Funds earmarked to a personal or corporate team are considered donations. Corporate donations credited to a team cannot be double booked as sponsorship and do not qualify for sponsorship deliverable.

For questions regarding sponsorship or starting a corporate team please call Kasey Chenault at (210)227-0170 or email to kchenault@abcsa.org

Is Corporate Sponsorship tax deductible?

Funds given in exchange for sponsorship deliverables can be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please check with your company’s accounting and tax experts to get an accurate accounting of what can be declared charitable and what is a business expense. Any Baby Can is a 501 (c)3 tax exempt organization.

Volunteering

Can my teenager volunteer with me?

Yes! When you sign up, you will be asked if you are bringing any young family members with you. You will be scheduled together.

What time should I arrive and where should I go?

All registered volunteers will receive an email about a week before the event with detailed information (directions, parking, where to go and what time be there, etc.). Volunteers will need to check in at the volunteer check in booth. (Maps will be provided)

I want to volunteer with a group. Can I only sign up myself and bring everyone else the morning of the walk?

We need to know how many volunteers are in your group in order to plan accordingly. Please contact Amanda Golden by phone at (210) 227-0170 or email to agolden@abcsa.org if you wish to bring a group to volunteer.

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