More than 500 hundred runners and walkers filled the pathways of Lake Zorinsky on April 12 to benefit Autism Speaks.
Alpha Xi Delta sorority’s second annual AmaXIng Challenge: Step It Up 5K and 10K walk and run raised more than $20,000 dollars for the national philanthropic organization, which sponsors autism research and conducts awareness for the disorder. The University of Nebraska at Omaha’ chapter of Alpha Xi Delta is now one of the leading chapters nationwide in terms of raising money for Autism Speaks.
“I’ve always enjoyed running to stay in shape, so it was great to get in my exercise and give back to such a great cause,” said Alonso Garza, a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, one of the event’s top fundraisers. Another top fundraising team included Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Student runners paid $15, adults $10 and children age 12 and under paid $10 to participate, with all proceeds going towards Autism Speaks. Younger children at the event could enjoy a free Easter egg hunt, face painting and outdoor games.
“It was an important event for our whole chapter because Autism Speaks is so close to our heart,” said Nicole Partush, who helped plan the event with fellow sorority sister Alex Bauer. “The event was more amazing than we could have ever expected.”