Zipline fundraiser brings in over $45,000 for Autism Society

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Autism Society of North Carolina

The 3rd Annual Wells Fargo Zipping for Autism, hosted by Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures and Treetops Adventure Park, raised more than $45,000 on Sunday, June 1, to support the Autism Society of North Carolina’s efforts in western North Carolina.

Sheena and Jeff Greiner, managing partners of The Adventure Center of Asheville, created Zipping for Autism to make a difference for local children and families. Zipping for Autism was born in western NC, and all of the proceeds remain in the region. “Zipping for Autism has grown into a wonderful event that all of the team at Wildwater and The Adventure Center of Asheville are very proud of. The volunteers, sponsors, and teams have all really stepped up to make it a success. Over the course of three years, we have raised over $114,000, and we hope Zipping for Autism will become a tradition all involved will continue to develop and grow each year,” Jeff Greiner said.

The event gave 225 participants a chance to enjoy ziplining at Asheville Ziplines plus climb, zip, walk, jump, swing, and rappel over 30 towering trees and poles as they enjoyed the treetops adventure park. Higher fundraising teams received access to the new Kolo Bike Park course.

Teams and supporters enjoyed family-friendly tailgating with some of the sponsors, including Wild Wing Café, Star 104.3, The Hop Ice Cream Café, and Brevard College. Title sponsor Wells Fargo, which has entered teams since the first year of Zipping for Autism, contributed more than $8,000 in 2014. As of June 1, the top fundraising teams were team O’Reilly, the Greiners’ son, with more than $4,600 raised; and The NerdFighters, a team of students from Asheville Middle School, with more than $1,800.

The 2015 Wells Fargo Zipping for Autism is scheduled for Sunday, June 7th.  For more information about Zipping for Autism please contact Jeff Greiner at wjgreiner@aol.com.

Background:
·        For more information about Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures and Treetops Adventure Park, please visit www.adventurecenterofasheville.com <http://www.adventurecenterofasheville.com> .

·        Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. Recent studies estimate that up to 1 of every 58 children born in North Carolina will be affected by ASD.
·        The Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) is the leading statewide resource organization serving more than 60,000 people with autism throughout their lifespan. ASNC offers respite, advocacy, and services to families in western North Carolina.

·        For more than 44 years, the Autism Society of North Carolina has worked to address areas of need and expand services for the autism community in North Carolina. ASNC works to directly improve the lives of individuals affected by autism, by providing advocacy, education, and services. Additional information is available by calling 1-800-442-2762 or by visiting www.autismsociety-nc.org <http://www.autismsociety-nc.org> .

 


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