Pocono Businesses Team Up To Spread Autism Awareness

The H&K Group is teaming up with the Pocono Raceway for the 1st annual Autism Awareness One Piece at a Time event, benefitting the Arc of NEPA and SAFE.  

The event will take place on Friday, June 3, and is planned from 10 AM to 2 PM, with races kicking off at 10 AM. It consists of 2 races, country line dancing (with two lessons for those interested in learning), touch-a-truck (provided by H&K), NASCAR vehicles, a Pennsylvania state police car, ax throwing, business expo, food, music, raffle prizes, possibly an appearance from the LVHN MedEvac helicopter, and more! Proceeds go towards the Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania and S.A.F.E. (Supporting Autism & Families Everywhere).

Business Expo Setup is from 7:30 AM to 9 AM. Walker, runner, and dancer registrations begin at 9 AM. Participants can register on-site and pay at the Raceway. Registration is $25. Upon registration, participants receive a t-shirt, raffle ticket, bag, and spot in their chosen event. Participants can join at any time. The two races consist of a 2 ½ mile run around the Tricky Triangle and a quick Fun Run around Pit Road (3/4 mile).

“Our hope is to bring families and businesses together for this event to show our support and give back to our beneficiaries who have given so much support to us and our communities! What makes our event unique this year is that it is not just another run or walk! How about some country line dancing?” said Veronica DeMarest of the H&K Group, Inc.

The Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania is a grassroots organization formed in 1955 by a group of parents seeking public education for their children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since that time, a growing number of parents, neighbors, and members of the business and professional communities have faced numerous challenges in advocating for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. http://www.thearcnepa.org

Formed in 1995, S.A.F.E. Inc. started as the gathering of a small group of families affected by autism. The common motive among the group was to provide support and resources to one another and to the Community. Many of the members of the group had not been exposed to autism in the past. As they learned, experienced, and shared, they were woven together as a family. That founding’ family’ is what laid the foundation for what the organization is today – a powerful resource for children on the autism spectrum and their family members. https://autismsafe.org.

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