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PokemonGo Palooza at Autism Speaks Walk Arizona: Catch Em' All and Support Autism Awareness

Thursday, September 22, 2016 Mental Health News J E 4
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- PokemonGo has taken the country by storm in recent months with people of all ages, and demographics taking part. For many, PokemonGo is an opportunity to get outside, explore communities and engage with new people. This innovative map based game has resonated with children and adults with autism spectrum disorder as well. Individuals with autism spectrum disorder often suffer from sensory sensitivity and social anxiety. But playing PokemonGo has given these individuals a new way to engage with the world around them.

Now MCLife, the residential apartment brand of MC Companies has been inspired by the game to help others. MC Companies is heavily involved with the Autism Speaks Walk Arizona in partnership with SARRC (Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center). Ken McElroy, principal of MC Companies, has been the walk chair in both 2015 and 2016.

To make this year's walk stand out from the rest, MC has decided to harness the popularity of PokemonGo to reach new people. Autism Speaks Walk Arizona in partnership with SARRC takes place on Sunday, October 23, 2016 and for the four hours of the event, MC will be luring 10 pokestops throughout Tempe Beach Park. Visitors can participate in the autism walk, and support autism awareness, while capturing Pokemon along the way from 8:00AM – Noon.

"There are thousands of people around the state playing PokemonGo, so we thought, why not bring PokemonGo into the walk and have all proceeds go back to Autism Speaks?" says VP of Marketing, Eric Brown"Incorporating PokemonGo into the walk, adds another great feature of the event and will help bring more people out while raising autism awareness."

In order to participate in the PokemonGo Palooza at Autism Speaks Walk Arizona in partnership with SARRC, players will purchase their $10 tickets via EventBrite, and sign-up for the PokemonGo Walk Team through the Autism Speaks Walk Arizona site. All proceeds will go to the walk to fund Autism Speaks and the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center. Any and all are welcome to participate.

About MC Companies: MC Companies http://www.mccompanies.com is a real estate investment, development, construction, and management company specializing in the multifamily properties and commercial markets. MC Companies has completed over $500 million in multi-family and commercial value-added transactions since 1985.

Autism Speaks & SARRC: A Special Partnership: Autism Speaks and the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) have partnered for 11 years to produce the Arizona Walk to raise funds and awareness to support those affected by autism. Combining the resources, skills and talents of two organizations and hundreds of volunteers, we are able to work as one unified team to make the greatest impact in Arizona and beyond. Together, we are committed to funding important research into the causes and possible cures for autism. We are also working to provide vital resources across the lifespan that will improve the quality of life for individuals with autism and their families.

For more information about Autism Speaks: www.autismspeaks.org or (480) 269-2724

For more information about SARRC: www.autismcenter.org or (602) 340-8717

PRLog ID: www.prlog.org/12588999

 

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