2016 Egg Hunt for Acceptance of All Abilities Announcement

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2016 Egg Hunt for Acceptance of All Abilities Announcement

Important Announcement:

For the past four years, Autism Empowerment has had the honor and pleasure to host an annual Easter Egg Hunt for Acceptance of All Abilities at McKenzie Stadium in Vancouver, Washington.

Held the Saturday before Easter, this fun family-oriented community acceptance event and cross-disability resource fair allowed us to partner with dozens of excellent volunteers, nonprofits, businesses, government dignitaries and advocates in the Southwest Washington and Portland metro area.

It was a great joy watching children, teens and adults hunt for eggs and have their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny and a variety of animals and special characters.  This event became a tradition for many families, including my own.

We have learned a lot over the years as we’ve grown and have always done our best to respect community input. As a result, 2015 was our best year yet, with over 1,600 people served, over 225 volunteers helping, over 50 exhibitors displaying, over 16,000 eggs and a pretty amazing group of service animals, first responders and groups performing and contributing to share resources with our community. Truly this became the largest cross-disability themed acceptance event of its kind in our area, and attendees would travel from as far away as Salem, OR, and Seattle, WA to attend.

There have been so many wonderful pictures, stories and positive outcomes shared as a result of the Easter Egg Hunt for Acceptance of All Abilities.  If you didn’t get a chance to see our video, “What does Acceptance Mean To You?” from 2015, please check it out below!

Unfortunately, this event also cost quite a bit of money and time for our volunteer staff to facilitate. Despite some great sponsors and the generosity of many individual donors, we have never been able to break even with the cost of the event, let alone raise additional needed funds to support our year-round programs and services. As a growing nongovernmental grassroots 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we rely heavily on public support.

That is why it is with great sadness that we announce the postponement of the 5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Acceptance of All Abilities for one year. It is not a decision that our Board of Directors took lightly, however when they met in January 2016, it was determined to be the best course of action for this year, since we have been adding and expanding a lot of our programs and services and wanted to make sure to have the time and resources to dedicate to those existing programs first.

We will have no event in 2016, however our Board of Directors is very interested in hearing the community’s opinion in having a 2017 event.  If community support and demand is great enough, we would like to have the 5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Acceptance of All Abilities on Saturday, April 15th, 2017.

Please let us know at egghunt@autismempowerment.org or in the comments section below if you’d like to see this event continue or if you’d like to volunteer or help with the planning and fundraising for next year. If you can and would like to make a donation to support our ongoing programs and services, we greatly welcome your support! (You can click our new easy-to-use donate button at the bottom of your screen!)

We are excited about what Autism Empowerment is doing to promote a culture of acceptance, enrichment, and empowerment for children, teens, adults and families in the autism community.  We welcome you to get involved and stay connected!

With respect and thanks,
Karen Krejcha, Executive Director and Co-Founder

2016-11-07T00:03:26+00:00 February 8th, 2016|Acceptance, AE News, Celebrations, Charitable Giving, Easter|11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Stephanie February 9, 2016 at 1:00 am

    I would love to see the Easter Egg hunt come back. I have taken my kids the last 4 years and they really enjoy it. I’m sad to hear it’s cancelled this year but am looking forward to it next year. It’s always full of fun stuff for the kids to do.

  2. Candy March 2, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Were sad to hear their won’t be an easter egg hunt this year. But looking forward to next years. My family really enjoys this event. It is one of the few events that both my special needs kids and non special needs kids can do together. And no one is left out.

  3. Pamela March 6, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    We attend this event last year and were hoping that it was going to take place again this year. Very sad to see that it will not be happening this year. We hope to see it return next year

  4. Kris March 7, 2016 at 11:51 am

    We are very sad to hear that this event will not take place this year as my daughter loved this Easter egg hunt. As far as the financial aspect, could you possibly do a crowdfunding campaign each year to raise money specifically for this event? I know that we would make a donation and I’m guessing that others would be willing too.

  5. samantha March 7, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Which it was in phoenix, Arizona

  6. Atira Casburn March 9, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    I’m sad to see it disappear this year (2016). My special needs kiddo had a great time last year & had asked me about going back this year. Hopefully it will be back in 2017 (it looked like many families had a great time)… sadly we are planning on moving and won’t be around.

  7. Karen at Autism Empowerment March 10, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Thank you so much to everyone who has left a comment or emailed so far regarding the Easter Egg Hunt for Acceptance of All Abilities. We wish we could have afforded to pull it off this year and appreciate your kindness and understanding.

    I am reading your comments and will share them with our Board of Directors at our next meeting. At this point, based on community input, we are planning to resume the event again next year on April 15th, 2017.

    Thank you again for your support!

  8. Ericka March 18, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    I’m sad this isn’t happening this year. It’s something my kids have looked forward to for the past four years. Hope to seeing next year.

  9. Cynthia March 23, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Sad that its not happing this year have taken my grandson for the last three years will be at the next one

  10. Cassandra Muhly March 24, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    We have always gone. The 8 of us! We would all like to see it come back next year. I volunteered last year and would love to volunteer next year!

  11. Maria Henderson March 26, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    I am so sad this didn’t happen this year we tried a couple “other” events ..they were a disappointment..to say the least (no offense to anyone who worked at the other events) I would love to see this come back next year! I would be willing to make a donation at the “door” or pay a small fee like the klineline fishing events to help bring it back !

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