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Event - FAQ's

Can I bring my pet?

No. Because many children have a sensitivity, or are fearful of animals, especially dogs,
we are unable to include them in the day. No matter how small or large your pet is,
please leave them
at home. If we see a pet, we will kindly ask you to take it home.


How far is the Walk?
We have two options; a short-walk of half a mile and a long-walk of 4.0 miles. Both will start in our 150 Stahl Road parking lot. The short-walkers will turn left when leaving the parking lot and the long-walkers will turn right. Please be sure to stay on the sidewalks when leaving the parking lot!


Where can I park?
We have a limited amount of parking spaces available in our Discovery Kids and Millersport Hwy lots that are reserved for families with special needs children. We are offering a satellite parking lot with shuttle services to and from our 150 Stahl Road location for all other walk participants.

Amherst Police Station/Audubon Library - 500 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst, NY 14228 - parking on the left.  Click here to print parking info and a map.


If I’m using the shuttle how early should I arrive?
We will have (3) buses running every 10 minutes from 8:30am – 1:30pm Please be sure to allow approx. 30 minutes to park, ride the shuttle and arrive prior to the Walk Opening Ceremonies beginning at 10:00am.

Registration - FAQ's

How do I receive The Summit Center Autism Walk 2017 incentives?

To receive incentives you must meet the following requirements:

  • Register online at You may start a team, join a team or become an individual walker.
  • Fundraise a minimum of $100, $500 or $1,000 on your personal fundraising page. Every person who registers to participate automatically has a fundraising page. Please ensure friends and family donate to your personal page. You can find your personal page URL in your Headquarters or by clicking "Find a Participant," and searching for your name.
  • We have added a Team Fundraising incentive in 2017!  All teams who have 15 or more participants and fundraise $5,000 or more will receive a VIP team tent!

As The Summit Center's largest fundraiser, we encourage all participants to fundraise via friends, family, and co-workers to help support The Summit Center and the wonderful individuals and families we serve!


I am having trouble registering. Who can I contact?
Please review the Participant Guide that has step-by-step instructions. If you have any questions or are having trouble please contact or 716.629.3423.

Is there a fee to participate?
Yes, there is a $5 registration fee for all participants 12 years or older until Friday, April 21, 2017.  After April 21, 2017, the registration fee increases to $20.  The $5 registration fee will be waived for participants who register before Friday, April 21, 2017 and have Independent Health as their insurance provider.  Please use discount code: IHA.  Independent Health will reimburse  Summit for those registrations.   

Should I start a team or join as an individual?
If you have a friend or family member joining you and fundraising, please start a team. If you are attending alone, please join as an individual.

Why form a team?

Joining with people you know makes participating in The Summit Center Autism Walk more fun. Fundraising together makes it that much easier to reach your goals. Teams can be made up of co-workers, friends, family members or anyone who wants to walk for a great cause. Supporting WNY children with autism is a team effort and Team Captains are our leaders in spreading awareness. If you can recruit four dedicated people to walk/run and fundraise with you (and we know you can!), consider becoming a team captain.


Can I start a team with 2 people?
Sure! There are no minimum or maximum restrictions to forming a team.  We encourage team captains to recruit friends and family to join them.  The average team has approximately 10 members.


I have a family member who wants to join my team but may not be able to attend the Event. Can they still join my team?
Yes, family members can still support you by joining and fundraising for your team even if they are unable to attend. We encourage them to register as a "Virtual Walker."

Some of my family would like to come, but not walk. Do they need to register?
Each person, 12 years or older, must register and pay the registration fee. 

What is the cut-off to register online?

Online registration is currently closed.  We are accepting registrations on event day under the "Day-of Registration" tent.  The registration fee day-of is $20.  All participants 12 years and older must register.

What is the difference between a participant and a donor?
A participant attends on Walk day (or virtually) and collects donations from friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues.  A donor wishes to support a participant via making a donation to their personal fundraising page and does not attend on Walk Day.



Donation - FAQ's


How do friends and family make a donation online?
Friends and family can support you online by visiting and clicking the “Donate” button. That will take them to a "participant search.” They will search for you by your name. Once they find you, they will click on your name, which takes them to your personal fundraising page. They will then click the “Give Now” button and enter their information.


How do friends and family make a donation offline?
Friends and family can support you offline! Click here to download the Offline Donation Form. Once you have this form you can go and collect donations from friends and family. Be sure to complete the fields on the form and mail to: Attn: The Summit Center Autism Walk, 150 Stahl Road, Getzville, NY 14068. Your name must be listed on the form. Friends and family can also send donations directly in to us - just be sure they include your name when sending in.


Who should I make the check payable to?
Checks should be made payable to: The Summit Center


I have a donation question or issue. Who can I contact?
Please contact us at or 716.629.3423.


Where do I bring my donations on Walk Day?
We will have “Donation Drop-Off” from 8:30am-10:00am under Registration tent. Be sure your name is clearly printed on your donation envelope.


I think my company has a matching gift program. How do I get this started?
Every company handles its own matching gift program differently.  Click here to see a list of matching gift companies.  If you do not see your company listed, please contact your company's Human Resources department and ask if they have a Matching Gift Program.


Where do I send my matching gift form?
You can send your matching gift form to:
   The Summit Center Autism Walk
   Matching Gift Program
   150 Stahl Road
   Getzville, NY 14068


I submitted a form for matching gifts but do not see the donation on my page. Where is it?
Summit cannot post a matching gift until the corporation involved approves it. Unfortunately, corporations match gifts on a different timetable during the year. If you have questions regarding your matching gift, please contact your company to see if the donation has indeed been matched. If it has, please contact Melissa Miller at, and we will do everything we can to ensure that the donation appears on your page.


Where do my donations go?
We are working diligently to stretch every dollar that is donated to The Summit Center. 91% of every dollar raised directly benefits individuals and families. Please know that your donation enables us to:

  • Continue to provide the extras that our students need to be successful at school. This may include the support of an aide, behavior support staff, and iPads and other devices to enable them to communicate. At Summit, our students learn the skills that many take for granted.
  • Provide seed money to expand our services to meet behavioral health needs, to offer creative day programs and to support work opportunities to prepare for life after graduation.
  • Offer enrichment programs and creative arts materials for our preschool and afterschool programs to enable our students to express themselves and demonstrate their gifts.
  • Discover best practices, through research, to help children and adults challenged by autism learn and succeed.

Thank you for supporting The Summit Center, and enabling us to provide the best educational, clinical and therapeutic support to the individuals we serve.



Fundraising - FAQ's



Do I have to fundraise?
As The Summit Center's largest fundraiser our goal is to have every participant fundraise $100. We encourage participants to reach out to friends, family, and co-workers for support. Asking ten people you know for $10 makes a difference! Keep in mind you are not asking for money for yourself, you are asking them to support children with autism and related developmental, social, and behavioral challenges.


I am uncomfortable asking friends for donations, do you have other ways I can fundraise?
Absolutely! Please check out our guide, Fundraising A-Z for other ideas to raise money. They include placing a coin canister at a local business, having a garage sale, or making and selling bracelets!



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