FAQs

Any Baby Can’s Walk for Autism

SAVE THE DATE!

April 22, 2017

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

General Information

Fiesta Medal

This year Any Baby Can has 2 Fiesta medal designs!

If you register to participate in the 13th 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. T-shirts are NOT a part of registration. 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!

Participant Tools

Thank you for registering for our 13th 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 (April 1 & 2 from 12 – 3 p.m. OR April 12 & 13 from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.) OR bring the confirmation page to the main gate on the day of. Second, set up your personal fundraising page. This can be done at the time of registration. If you are a team captain, make sure you communicate with your team and assist them in setting up their fundraising page.

Offline Donation Form – A donation form ensures that donations are properly credited to your account. A donation form needs to be completed for EACH donation.

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

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 family services. We have listened and we agree. Participants and donors should know that their pledges are having a direct impact on our mission.

Chill Zone

An area will be designated and available for families with children with sensory sensitivities. The area is fenced in with benches and is outside of the Walk for Autism footprint (less traffic and quieter).

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 wrist band. All participants of the Walk for Autism have their wristband to enter the grounds or must print out their confirmation page and bring to the main gate. Children 10 yrs 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 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?

For everyone’s safety, we can not 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. 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 please.

What Is Rudy’s Playground?

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

In 2012, Rudy’s Playground was dedicated in the memory of Rudy Alejos during opening ceremonies of the Walk for Autism at the AT&T Center.  This is a kid’s activity area where all children of different abilities can participate and have fun.  Fun and adapted activities are provided by local therapy providers, schools, civic groups and more.

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.

Help us keep Rudy’s memory alive, provide fun activities for all children and provide vital fire safety awareness for our community.

Why is the Walk for Autism at this location?

While we enjoyed being at the AT&T Center for the past few years, moving to the Helotes Cornyval Grounds saves 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! Beginning in March of 2017 we will provide a new program called The Birthday Social! Quarterly birthday parties for children with autism.

Hope to see you on April 22, 2017!!

Donations

Are fundraising incentives going to be available in 2017?

Fundraising incentives will be available for 2017 and will be listed on our website by category. In addition to our traditional incentives, we will be offering fundraising incentives beginning in September. 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 the corresponding donation forms with checks so you will be credited for your fundraising efforts. Once processed, the donation will show on your webpage.

Where do I get donation forms?

Donation forms

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 with the appropriate donation forms to:

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

Do I have to fill out one donation form for each check?

Yes. This is the best way to ensure that you receive the credit you deserve for all your fundraising efforts.

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

You can always have your donors mail their donations directly to our office with the
off line donation form.  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 submit the corresponding donation forms with their checks so you will be credited for your fundraising efforts. If this is not possible, 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, along with the corresponding off line donation form, 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 and appropriate donation forms to Any Baby Can or to the event on April 22.

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 with an off line donation form to Any Baby Can offices or you can mail them to:

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, 2017. 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! For more information or to submit a picture of your t-shirt, please contact Marisa Ramirez at 210-227-0170. Your t-shirt must be worn to the event on April 22.

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 22 will help you avoid long lines at the main gate.

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. Remember, you can get a donation form and mail a donation directly to us that will be credited to your page.

(If you register using a paper registration form, please allow two weeks for your registration/team to be accessed online.)

Want to confirm your registration?

You can confirm your registration by entering your name below.

CONFIRM YOUR ENTRY

 

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 the Any Baby Can office (April 12 & 13 from 8am-8pm) or showing your confirmation page at the main gate to receive your wristbands on the day of.

Your next step will be to create an online fundraising page.

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 22 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, 2016. Remember, you can still register and make donations after April 2.

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. The last day to register team members and submit money to be counted towards top fundraiser is April 2, 2017. However, you can still make donations after April 2.

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.

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 13th Annual Walk for Autism (2 miles) and The Superhero 5K Run (3.1 miles). You can register for the 13th Annual Walk for Autism or Superhero 5K online, at Any Baby Can, or at the event on April 22. 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.

(If you register using a paper registration form, please allow two weeks for your registration/team to be accessed online.)

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 click on Exhibitors to learn more about becoming an exhibitor. Once an application is received, a staff person will reach out to them. We ask that all participants in the 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 special medical needs.

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 us at (210)227-0170.

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, please list any other volunteer names so that we know you are together. You will be scheduled together. You can use your family name as the team name or create your own.

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 team. Can I only sign up myself and bring everyone else the morning of the walk?

We need each volunteer on the team signed up so that we know how many volunteers to plan for and what areas need to be covered. Please contact us by phone at (210) 227-0170 with your volunteer team information so that we can assign jobs.

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