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Please join or donate to our team so that we can raise $1,000 to help support developmentally delayed individuals at the NEEDS Center. To join our team, click the link to the right of this page ("join team"). You will be asked to create an account (just an email and a password). Go through the prompts ensuring you click on the "commit to raising $150" option. If you are unable to raise $150, the NEEDS Center will cover the difference. This is a "virtual" 5k so you won't need to gather in one location to run or walk this race as a team. You can run or walk from wherever you want, even on a treadmill! The 5k race is scheduled for Sept. 12 – Sept. 21, but you may run or walk any time between the 12th and the 21st. Once you have completed your race, you will need to log your results on this website. Please share this page on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites to spread the word! If you have any questions about this event, please contact Shannon Brown at


Help our team reach our goal for Dougie's Epic Adventure: A Magical Flutie 5K, to raise critical funds for the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism to help people and families affected by autism live life to the fullest! 

Former NFL Quarterback, Doug Flutie, and his wife Laurie started the Doug Flutie, Jr. Flutie Foundation for Autism in 1998 after their son, Dougie, was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Their personal experience of raising a son on the autism spectrum inspired them to help others on an equally long and challenging journey. Over its 22-year history, the Flutie Foundation has distributed over $15 million to partner schools and organizations who provide clinical therapies, respite services, recreational programs, social skills training, job supports and more for people and families affected by autism.The Flutie Foundation also provides direct financial support to families through initiatives like education technology tools, adaptive camp scholarships, safety equipment, to provide immediate help where it's needed the most.

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Team Members

Click on one of our team members below to make a donation.

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Paula Yarbrough

Raised: $2,940.25

Marianne Smith

Raised: $1,930.46

Jim Sperry

Raised: $1,527.50

Lynda DiMuro

Raised: $896.78

Bernadette Sconyers

Raised: $606.66

Michael Corey

Raised: $422.00

Timothy Sobezenski

Raised: $313.75

Kimberly Newton

Raised: $237.38

Christine Draper

Raised: $211.00

Sopheaklizabeth So

Raised: $189.91

Rachael Schauer

Raised: $152.76

Jennifer Pottle

Raised: $79.13

Kathleen Charochak

Raised: $79.13

Jessica Collins

Raised: $52.75

Uchenna Uzoigbo

Raised: $52.75

Tony Griffin

Raised: $30.28

Alan Harchik

Raised: $26.38

Jamy Whitcomb

Raised: $26.38

Rebecca Hurst

Raised: $26.38

Shannon Brown

Raised: $26.38

Team captain

Recent donors

Donation date Donor name Donation amount
Oct 08 Charlotte Nunez $50.00
Sep 25 Charlotte Nunez Go team NEEDS! $52.75
Sep 25 Anonymous $52.75
Sep 23 Tracy Randy and Alex Undisclosed amount
Sep 21 John Wilson Good luck everyone in meeting your goals! $211.00
Sep 19 Nikki Undisclosed amount
Sep 19 Mike, Ashley, and Lucas $26.38
Sep 19 The Palmerino Family You are an inspiration to us all, continue to reach for the stars! xoxoxo $263.75
Sep 19 Anonymous Undisclosed amount
Sep 19 Sue Charochak Proud to donate to this great cause! $52.75