Zipping For Autism: Sign Up Your Team Now!

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Zipping For Autism: Sign Up Your Team Now!

Day of Adventure Makes A Difference

You can make a difference in Western North Carolina by flying through the sky. Zipping For Autism returns to the Adventure Center of Asheville Sunday, June 4.

zfa3“Now’s the time to get your team together,” says the Adventure Center’s Jeff Greiner, who started the event with his wife Sheena 5 years ago and have raised over $150,000 over that time. “You can have up to ten people on a team, with a fundraising goal of $800 per team. When you break it down, that means each person on the team just needs to get a $10 donation from 8 people,” Jeff explains. “It’s basically a free day of ziplining, because 100 percent of the donations go right to the Autism Society of North Carolina to help families right here in the Asheville area.”

Of course, teams can raise more than $800, and will be helping to support programs such as Camp Lakey Gap. You can create a team of friends, church or civic groups, co-workers, or families. “Our top team five years running formed from a group of Asheville Middle School students,” Sheena says. “They are now Asheville High students, and they’ve grown into two teams.”

“The energy of the day itself is amazing,” Jeff tells us. “Some groups make their own t-shirts and show up in full force in support of a particular relative or co-worker’s child.”

zfa2All teams will enjoy an experience on the Adventure Center of Asheville’s urban canopy tour. Those teams raising $1100 also score time to experience the Adventure Park, featuring 60 unique climbing, flying, walking, jumping, swinging, and rappelling challenges anchored to over 30 towering trees and poles. Teams, supporters, and sponsors are invited to Stay, Play, and Make it a Day with family-friendly tailgating during the event.

Zipping For Autism participants will also be eligible for special prizes, including adventures such as float excursions. The Adventure Center is part of the family-owned Wildwater Adventures, with five unique zipline tours and four of the most popular whitewater rivers in the Asheville area.

“We have a son with autism, and wanted to give back to the community, so we thought about having a special day where we donated money for each zipliner who came,” Sheena says. “Then we started thinking of what we could do that was bigger, and it’s grown into this amazing event.’

You can also support Zipping For Autism by dining out at Juicy Lucy’s on Hendersonville Road May 18, and Native Kitchen and Local Pub May 31. The restaurants have partnered with the event to donate a portion of their proceeds on those days.

Find out more about Zipping For Autism here, and register your team today from this link.

Ken Ulmer

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