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1. How do I get to Miami Dolphin'sStadium? (View a Google Map)
There is a $10.00 parking donation that will be requested on event day.
Participants raise donations for their teams by asking friends, families, and coworkers to support their effort. A minimum suggested donation of $25.00 per family is encouraged.
No, most teams have created their own team T-shirts for the event.
The WalkAbout is 3/4 of a mile. If you cannot walk the distance, please see a supervisor/volunteer dressed in an orange shirt for assistance.
Yes, light snacks will be provided and food vendors will be available onsite for the purchase of select items.
Tailgating is permitted; however, it is limited to the parking lot. No personal tents, tables and or chairs are permitted once you enter the event.
Yes, visuals support will be made available for the event. This will be updated in January.
Yes, please bring your donations with you and we will be happy to record them for you in our system. (Turn donations in using an envelope that is clearly marked with team/participant name and contact information at the donation drop off tent.)
Exhibitor and Vendor booth space will be available at the Expo taking place during the DMF WalkAbout Autism & Expo, Brought to you by Walgreens, Presented by Badia Spices. For more information on exhibitor/vendor pre-registration and cost of booth space, CLICK HERE
Registering for the DMF WalkAbout Autism & Expo, Brought to you by Walgreens, Presented by Badia Spices, is quick and can be done from any computer following these 3 easy steps!
Teams for this event are organized by team divisions. Some examples of team divisions include but are not limited to:
Family & Friends
Team Division: Teams created under
this division are typically led by family members and friends.
Company/Corporate Team Division: A company/corporate team is created by companies that want to support the DMF WalkAbout Autism & Expo, Brought to you by Walgreens, Presented by Badia Spices. These teams are generally made up of coworkers and their family and friends.
Pre-K to 12th Grade School Teams Division: All schools in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm-Beach counties that open a school team will be able to apply to receive 25% of the money raised by their team. Proceeds are to be used in support of special needs programing and services at the school. In order to be eligible for this reimbursement, the school team captain needs to submit a letter from the principal and or school administrator granting permission to open a team on behalf of the school. It also needs to state that funds received through this effort will be used directly to support special needs programming at the school. For more information, Click Here
Non-Profit Autism Direct Service Providers Division: Local non-profit organizations that provide direct services to the autism community can receive 25% of the money raised by their walk team in support of special needs programming at their organization. There is a pre-registration process that includes providing proof of 501(c)3 status to The Dan Marino Foundation. For more information, Click Here
*Note: There are other team division options in place for you to choose from. You will find these other options when you begin the online registration process.
The 25% Reimbursement opportunity is only available for school and non-profit autism direct service provider teams
A Team Captain is the person that opens the team and is the lead organizer for the team. Team captains are responsible for recruiting people to join the team, naming their team, setting a team fundraising goal and continually communicating with and encouraging team members prior to and at the event. Team captains are the primary contacts and liaisons between the DMF WalkAbout Autism organizers and their team. He/she will receive ongoing information and updates during the months leading up to event. Each team must have a team captain.
Team Participants are individuals who participate in the DMF WalkAbout Autism as part of a team. Team members will communicate regularly with their team captain and encourage friends and family to support the event and their team. Along with thousands of other participants, team members can raise funds with the help of their “Participant Center” tool.
Anyone can register to walk in the DMF WalkAbout Autism & Expo as an individual participant. People who choose to participate as individual participants do not belong to a specific team, however they collect donations by using their “Participant Center” tool or other fundraising methods and participate on event day.
Individuals who choose to participate as Virtual Participants differ from individual and team participants in only one way: they are unable to attend the event. Virtual Participants register and raise donations like all other participants. Becoming a Virtual Participant is a great option for supporters who do not live in South Florida.
18. What is a personal page? (Log-in to your Personal Page here)
After you register to walk and raise funds, by default, you will have a personal page created for you. Use this page to invite your friends and family to support your personal effort by making a donation. You will be able to customize the image, text, and the style/color layout of the page. You can customize your page by selecting the layout and style that work best for you. A compelling personal page attracts and engages supporters. *Note: Even if you are part of a team, you will always have a personal page.
19. What is a team page and how is it different from a personal page? (Find a Team Page here)
When the designated walk team captain opens a team, not only do they get their own personal page by default, but they also get a team page as well. Team captains have the option of personalizing their team page. Use this team page to update your team members about your goal, progress, successes and latest news. Update this page often to encourage enthusiasm about raising awareness and reaching your team goal together.
By Default, a walk personal page is Public, meaning your name will appear in The DMF WalkAbout participant search list. Anyone accessing the website will be able to support or join you efforts. Setting your personal page to Private means your name will not appear in the WalkAbout participants search list. Only people you personally invite will be able to support or join you in the Walkabout.
When opening a walk team, the team captain is asked to state both his personal and the team’s fundraising goal. This means that a donor can choose whether to make a donation in support an of individual’s effort or in support of that individual’s team. Either way, if you are a member of a team, a donation that is made to support your individual effort will always credit to you AND your team’s overall fundraising goal. A donation made to the team itself will not be credited to any one individual. It is therefore encouraged that when asking for a donation to send your “Personal” page to ensure donations made for you are always credited towards your name.
ONLY the walk Team Captain has the ability to change the team name or goal. The Team Captain will need to login to his/her "Participant Center" to access this information. Once on the “Participant Center” page, she/he has the ability to update the team name and goal. If you have issues changes this, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
To view your team roster, login to your "Participant Center" and click the "Progress" button. This tool allows you to view your team roster and the amounts raised by each team member. You can also send an email to your team from there.
The Participant Center is a great online tool available to all who register online through our site to raise funds and walk on event day. During the walk registration process, you are prompted to provide a User ID and Password, which you eventually use to access your Participant Center. This is a great tool and we encourage you to make great use of it. In the Participant Center, you could store personal contacts, keep track of your fundraising progress, and more importantly, send out emails to your friends and potential donors using some pre-existing email letter templates that are uploaded in the system.
You will find step-by-step instructions in your "Participant Center" detailing how to upload your personal address book. After you have added your email addresses, you may edit, add or delete addresses at any time. Please know these addresses are private and not shared with the Dan Marino Foundation or their partners in the WalkAbout.
One of the most effective (and easiest) ways to raise money for the event is to launch an email campaign. Log-in to the “Participant Center” and visit the email section. You can draft your own email explaining why you and/or your family are participating or you can customize a pre-written suggested message.
Your "Participant Center" also provides you with information on who you have emailed, who has responded to your messages and who you need to follow-up with. Remember to include everyone on your holiday greeting cards list, address book and organizations to which you belong when sending your emails. They may forward your message to their address book, reaching even more people!
Encourage online donations! Online credit card donations are made directly to your personal page and are instantly attributed to your individual or team fundraising goal. No additional steps are necessary. If you collect cash donations, please bring them with you to the event. If you collect check donations in person or by mail, please send all contributions to The Dan Marino Foundation and we will enter them directly in the system for you. Checks must be made payable to "Dan Marino Foundation.”
Click Here to Download Check Donation Form that you could use when mailing your checks.
The Dan Marino Foundation
Att: DMF WalkAbout Autism & Expo
400 North Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Please send these check contributions to The Dan Marino Foundation office PRIOR to the WalkAbout. We will also be accepting donations the day of the WalkAbout at event registration.
**NOTE: The system does not allow you to enter contributions that you received (Cash/Checks) directly. It can only be done by the site administrator
You can see your fundraising progress by logging in to your "Participant Center" and clicking on “Progress." This also allows you to view your donor list and the value of donations received. All registered participants will be notified when someone donates online on their behalf. Notification will be sent to the email address we receive for the participant through their registration process or when they update their profile.
Only the site administrator can record checks and cash in the system. Please make the proper arrangements to have donations recorded by DMF staff.
Convio, the company that powers the DMF WalkAbout Autism online portal, makes every effort to protect your personal contact and credit card information. They use industry-standard SSL encryption techniques to ensure that your credit card information, passwords and personal information travel securely over the internet. Convio has also installed an encryption engine on our database server where your data is securely stored within the Dan Marino Foundation CRM system as well.
Credit card information is not stored in our database. During the donation process, we send an individual’s credit card information to an online processing terminal using a secure connection. The information passed back is an approval or denial for the credit card donation.
The event map changes every year and is made available during the final week prior to event day.