QuestionI'm curious about the autism charity ride. Who did the money go to? I ask because the biggest autism "charity", Autism Speaks, is a horrible group that villianizes us, talks about us as if we can't speak for ourselves (we can, even the nonverbal ones, since they can usually write), and publically sympathizes with people who murder their autistic children. I hope you gave to better places. Answer

The Motorcycle Charity Ride for Autism that the Georgia team recently attended was held by SouthSide Support. A local organization with the focus of connecting special needs families with the community around them. 

According to the their website, the bulk of the proceeds from this specific event would go toward developing a Safe Space trailer. Creating a comfortable room at future events to allow families with a special needs child to decompress and tend to personal needs in a comfortable and familiar environment. 

The Georgia team was invited out to the first annual Motorcycle Autism Charity Ride in Fayetteville. Flash, Batgirl, Batman, and Black Widow came out to meet with the kids and cheer on the riders as they pulled in to the event! It was fun, games, and live stage shows benefiting a great cause!

Special thanks to Grace and Scott Moss of Bodhi Tree Photography for supporting the heroes!

The Pennsylvania branch of the Heroes Alliance joined the Lehigh Valley Zoo for their Season Opening Event on Saturday April 5, 2014. Captain America, Black Widow, Catwoman, Robin and Superman were on hand to greet children and their families. The HA team had a great time supporting the community and animal education. Special thanks to Green House Photography and Photos and Designs by Piera for photographing our event and to everyone for braving the harsh winds and dropping temperatures. 
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To learn more about the Lehigh Valley Zoo and their dedication to animals and the community, please visit their website: http://lvzoo.org/

The Wisconsin crew reported for a second straight year at the Milwaukee Walk Now for Autism Speaks. The heroes greeted kids and their families as they entered the Bradley Center for the walk. Teams gathered for the opening ceremonies and enjoyed the entertainment and prizes that fell by parachute from the ceiling. Teams were then dismissed to walk the route and continue to hang out with the heroes. The event raised over $218,000 and counting for Autism Speaks.


Autism Speaks seeks to raise awareness of autism, unite the community, and fund research to help find the missing pieces of the puzzle. The Walk Now for Autism Speaks is the organization’s largest fundraising event each year with walks taking place across the country.

For more information about Autism Speaks, visitwww.autismspeaks.org

Special thanks to Clare Young for wonderful photography and Rachel Ballard and Erin Wilson for incredible out of costume support!

Reading is Fundamental 
Batman and Robin swung by Watkins Elementary in Springfield to participate in their RIF (Reading Is Fundamental) program. Every so often, they invite guests to come and read to the First and Second graders. The kids had no idea the guests this time around would be the Dynamic Duo!

Their contact, Ms. Hansen, came by and lead the heroes to the gym. The kids went crazy! Robin picked out a Teen Titans book while Batman chose a book called “Strangest Animals” to read. The little girls loved the idea that they could be Batman’s sidekick, and that it wasn’t a boys only club!

The word is out now, and Batman and Robin will surely be making more school reading appearances! After all, education is key for training future crimefighters!

Trey’s Birthday

Trey is a young man, at the age of eight years old, who has been diagnosed with leukemia. The friendly neighborhood Batman was informed about Trey’s condition and that he loves superheroes, and put out the call for heroes to come surprise Trey for his birthday. The Heroes Alliance Ohio team responded, and joining Batman were Spider-Man, the Human Torch, Superman and Iron Man.

Trey was surprised by the heroes during the party, and while at first he was quite nervous about meeting his heroes, he couldn’t hide his excitement and hugged every hero he could. The heroes met him outside his home, and after about a half an hour of fun (during which Trey went to get the other neighborhood kids so they could meet the heroes as well), he went back inside to unwrap his gifts – and the heroes went back to their respective universes.

Thanks to Carolyn Cutri for photography for the event.

CASA Superhero Fun Run 2014

One of the Georgia team’s favorite annual events, the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Superhero Run, was another hit! A team from the Justice League came down to cheer the kids (and kids-at-heart!) who came out in their favorite superhero outfit to run for this great cause.

Batman, Green Lantern, and The Flash were thrilled to meet their tiny counterparts and cheer them on as they crossed the finish line at super speed!

Special thanks to HA photographer, Dru Phillips.

To learn more about CASA, visit http://www.casaforchildren.org./

All Children’s Hospital

Heroes Alliance Central FL West paid a visit to All Children’s Hospital on February 19th to visit with the patients and their families. Spider-Man, Iron Fist, Thor, Wonder Woman, Super Girl, Bat Girl and Batman all showed up to answer the call. There were so many smiling faces from the kids, their families and even the doctors and nurses on staff. They are the real heroes and we appreciate all they do.

Superhero/Princess Weekend

On Saturday February 15th, Heroes Alliance Central FL West helped out Build-A-Bear in brandon with their Super Hero / Princess weekend. The kids and families were able to meet with some of their favorite heroes and get to know them a little better.

A special thank you to Build-A-Bear for donating a few Super Hero bears to us.

Visit to the Childhood League Center

The Childhood League Center is a preschool near Nationwide Childrens’ Hospital that provides preschool and special needs services to children from the ages of 18 months to 6 years old. Most of the enrolled children have special needs. Each year, a group of volunteers plan several activities throughout the year to enrich the students’ learning experience and provide respite for the caregivers. On Saturday, February 22, 2014, the volunteers offered a day of care for the children and to provide respite for the caregivers of these children. The members of the Heroes Alliance Ohio were invited out to take part in this day and to help brighten up the day for the children.

Batgirl, Captain America, Green Arrow, Green Lantern and Spider-Man were overjoyed to be able to go and visit with the children in their classrooms, getting to see the activities they were involved in, and to share hugs and high-fives with the kids.

Special thanks to Stephen Blanzaco and Rick Merola for out-of-costume support and photography.

Founded in 1945 by a group of visionary women, The Childhood League champions educational opportunities for all children. The Childhood League Center, located in downtown Columbus across the street from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, provides a broad range of early childhood educational programs and therapeutic services for children from birth to age 6 in an inclusive environment. 

With generous support from the League, individuals and companies in the community, the Center is committed to providing the best possible early learning opportunities for children with and without special needs through a combination of home-based and Center-based programming. To learn more about the Childhood League Center and the Childhood League, visit http://www.childhoodleague.org/