Run, walk, or just eat ice cream for autism

Screaming for good: The Hop Ice Cream Café’s charitable cup runneth over. Phto by Jonathan Welch

Although it's not a dinner, it's still a great charitable event, and it was brought to our attention by the good folks at The Hop Ice Cream Café.

The Hop is sponsoring the Autism Society's annual Run/Walk for Autism taking place on Saturday, Sept. 24. This year, The Hop has a team in the event, and you can join it — the goal is to get 50 people to join Team Hop to raise at least $1,250 for the Autism Society.

The Hop will have a booth at the event, where they’ll be scooping ice cream and handing out T-shirts. Even if you’re not planning to run, you can stop by for a visit. The 2011 WNC Run/Walk for Autism begins with a certified Diamond Brand Outdoor 5K competitive and non-competitive run at 9 a.m. at UNCA. Following the 5K race, there will be a recreational 1K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash.

Online registration has already closed, but you can register in person on Friday, Sept. 23 from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Autism Society of N.C. office, located at 30 Garfield St, Suite F. Registration will be available on the day of the race at UNCA beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Visit the event’s website for more details ( or call 236-1547.

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