Get all of your Steps of Hope 2014 questions answered here!
What should I expect at Steps of Hope 2014?
Steps of Hope is a fun way to support individuals, families, educators, and professionals touched by autism. All proceeds go directly to enhancing the programs and services offered through the Autism Society of Minnesota.
Ridgedale Center hosts the kid-friendly walk before the stores open on Sunday morning. Along the walk route you will find many resources offering products and services supporting individuals living with ASD. Walk at your own pace. There will be music, snacks and a chance to meet a sports team mascot! The walk will begin at 11 a.m. with the help of KFAN and MC Dan Cole "Common Man" and ends with a rally at 12 p.m.
How do I set up a team?
Register as an individual or register as a team. Your team can include parents, children, friends, teachers, neighbors - anyone who wants to walk in support of the Minnesota autism community.
If you prefer not to form a team but would like to register, please enter "Team Steps of Hope" in the team name field on the registration form. With Steps of Hope, everyone's in!
How can I raise money?
Once you register for Steps of Hope 2014, you can collect donations online through the AuSM website or by using a printable Donation Request Form.
Let's work together to meet the goal of $88,000 this year. Inspire your family, friends, co-workers, friends, book club, school district, and more to join your Steps of Hope 2014 team. Set a goal and support each other to meet it. Connect with your networks via Facebook, our Steps of Hope homepage, Twitter, phone and face-to-face. AuSM is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible. Let your donors know they should be sure to indicate your team name on the donations form so your team gets the credit.
What if my supporters want a receipt for their donations?
You can complete a receipt for your supporters' records. Click here to download the Steps of Hope 2014 Donations Receipt.
Where is Ridgedale Center?
Ridgedale Center is located at 12401 Wayzata Boulevard in Minnetonka. For additional information about the mall, please call 952.541.4864 or click here to visit their website.
Is there a hotel near Ridgedale Center?
Yes. The Sheraton Minneapolis West is located east of Ridgedale Center, across Ridgedale Drive. The Sheraton Minneapolis West is offering a special group rate of $(COMING SOON!) plus tax for Steps of Hope 2014 participants. Contact the hotel at 952.593.0000 or 800.325.3535 before Feb. 16, 2014 and ask for the Steps of Hope rate to reserve your room.
What if there is bad weather?
AuSM plans to hold Steps of Hope 2014, snow or shine! In the event of inclement weather, please call the Autism Society of Minnesota at 651.647.1083 ext. 19 or visit our website for updated information. A snow date is not planned.
Where should I park?
Check in for Steps of Hope 2014 is located inside the North Entrance of Ridgedale Center. The door is located on the lower level of the mall. All walkers must proceed through the check in area.
Will there be a place to store our coats?
AuSM will check your coat for a minimal fee. Coats must be claimed by noon or they will be left unattended at Guest Service at the mall.
Will there be refreshments?
How long is the walk?
Steps of Hope is not a measured walk and participants proceed at their own pace throughout the upper level of Ridgedale Center. Strollers can be brought to the event or are available for rent at the North, South and West Entrances. Rollerblades, skateboards, roller shoes and bikes are not allowed in Ridgedale Center.
Is it OK to bring my dog to Steps of Hope 2014?
Your service dog is welcome at Ridgedale Center. Domestic animals are not allowed in the mall.
Do I have to go through check in onsite?
Yes. Everyone must pass through onsite check in. Our volunteers will work hard to make your check in quick and painless. At the check in tables we will accept your donations, ask you to sign a waiver for Ridgedale Center, and provide you with a coupon to redeem your Steps of Hope 2014 shirt. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m.
How can I get my Steps of Hope 2014 shirt?
Pre-registered walkers who collect donations of $100 or more will receive a Steps of Hope 2014 T-Shirt. Limit one shirt per person. Quantities are limited. Register before February 13, 2014 and a shirt in your size is guaranteed. Shirts are available only at the walk. T-shirts may be available for purchase after registration closes at 11 a.m.
Where can I meet my team?
Check out the Ridgedale Center map at www.ridgedale.com to help you find the best place to meet. Please plan to meet your team away from the check in area in order to speed up the registration process. Design something special for your team so you will stand out in the crowd!
What if I can’t attend Steps of Hope 2014, but I collected donations?
We appreciate your efforts and support. Please mail your donations to the Autism Society of Minnesota at 2380 Wycliff Street, Suite 102, St. Paul, MN 55114-1146.