By Portia Williams
The Autism Project of Southern Ohio wants the community to start thinking blue, as they gear up for the second annual ‘Light It Up Blue’ for autism event to be held April 2, at the Portsmouth McDonald’s. Jodie Walker, president of the Autism Project, said Light It Up Blue will be the prelude to the Walk for Autism on April 26.
“This is our second annual Light it Up Blue event for world-wide Autism Awareness Day. Their symbol is that blue color, so we decided to light it up blue, so we’re using blue light bulbs,” Walker said.
Walker said they are planning a fun-filled event with a 1970’s disco theme.
“This is going to be a lot of fun. We did ‘Rockin’ for Autism’ a few months ago, and it turned out really well. We had 50’s music and dance. So we just decided to do the dance outside again on the parking lot of McDonald’s, we have so much fun with this,” she said.
Walker said the Autism Project will be selling t-shirts with tuxedo print during the event.
“We will also be selling t-shirts there to support our autism group. As far as the 1970’s, ‘Saturday Night Fever’ was a big movie back then, and disco was big, so we’ve printed our t-shirts with a fake tuxedo on the front, because you couldn’t get into the discos without a shirt and a tie. That’s why we decided to put a tux on the front of the t-shirt,” she said.
Walker said the tuxedo t-shirts will be a great substitute for those who may not be able to come in a costume. The back of the t-shirts will include the Light It Up Blue autism light bulb emblem with the information about the event.
According to Walker, several McDonald’s restaurants will be participating in the Light It Up Blue efforts during the month of April.
“McDonald’s is going to put up disco balls, and will decorate the windows with the puzzle pieces for autism. I believe that several of the McDonald’s are going to be participating in this, so if you go through a McDonald’s at the beginning of April and they don’t ask you if you’d like to support autism, you should let them know that you do, and just give that dollar,” she said.
Other features of Light It Up Blue will include prizes prizes for ‘best dressed,’ and ‘best dances.’ Walker said music will be provided by KC Productions, and face-painting will be made available for participating children to enjoy.
“There are so many more exciting things that we want to do this year, so we will need to fund our project to get those things done,” she said. “I think that it is going to be a great year.”
For more information regarding Light It Up Blue, visit the Autism Project of Southern Ohio’s Facebook page.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.