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On Saturday, April 14, 2012, Beta Sig undergrads will host the 7th annual Autism Speaks U 5k Race/3k Walk (formerly the "We are... Curing Autism Now" event) in State College, PA to benefit Autism Speaks. Since its creation in 2005, this event has set the gold standard for university philanthropy having raised over $850,000 and ranking as the largest single fraternity fundraising event in the country. Beta Sig's success has led to the creation of Autism Speaks U chapters comprised of college students assisting in the mission to raise awareness and funds for this complex neurological disorder. Chapters and events now exist at over 50 schools in the United States and Canada.

Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits the ability to communicate and develop social relationships often accompanied by significant behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in every 110 children in the US and affect four times as many boys as girls. The Centers for Disease Control calls autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown. The research performed and early diagnosis protocols and support services developed and provided by Autism Speaks are critical for every family with a member affected by autism.

I am leading the event fundraising for the Beta Sig Alumni Team with the goal to register as many alums as possible. Registration costs $20 and you can donate online by visiting http://events.autismspeaks.org/u/psu and joining the Beta Sig Alumni team (or if you prefer to donate by check, info below.)

In addition to supporting this important cause, Beta Sig's involvement is critical to our reputation and is vital to the house's ongoing existence as the only independent fraternity at Penn State. The fraternity system is facing increased scrutiny and Beta Sig's ongoing leadership of this signature event has captured the positive attention of community officials and university administrators alike. State College Police Chief Tom King's praise of Beta Sig and this event is evidence of our impact.

Please let me count on your registration at whatever level you feel comfortable. On behalf of the undergrads and all who are affected by autism, I thank you in advance for your support.

Adam Dorfman & Andrew Moses
Class of 2007

Please make all checks payable to Autism Speaks.
Checks can be sent to:
Lisa Maloney
Walk Manager
Autism Speaks
8035 McKnight Road
Suite 301
Pittsburgh, PA 15237