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KiteFlite 2018

Get ready...get set...go fly a kite!

Family-friendly fundraising festival, walk and expo to benefit AutismUp
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August 18, 2018

11 AM - 3 PM

Marina Auto Sports Stadium

Let's Take Flight & Build a Future for the Autism Community

Dear friends of AutismUp,

I’ve been reflecting on the last 14 years and all of the families served by AutismUp since 2004. I can remember when my son, Teddy, was diagnosed with autism — AutismUp did not exist, and those living with autism were isolated. I’m so thankful for the generous people in our community that have allowed this organization to grow from four moms in a coffee shop into a dynamic network of 2,300 strong, passionate and supportive families. I am grateful for the help we are providing to one another today and the hope that we are creating for tomorrow. Most importantly, I'm glad I became involved.  I invite you to become involved now too.

We are at a critical point in building a future for our children with autism. For over a decade, AutismUp has been refining and expanding our programs and services, but the time has come to pick up the pace. Our children are growing up. Many are entering the transition years and there is a lot of work ahead of us. AutismUp has been planning for the future, but there is no benefit to a great plan if we are unable to execute it.

Here is where you come in. We rely on fundraising to maintain our current programs and services, and fundraising to expand and add new programs and services. This summer, we must raise $115,000 during our 6th Annual KiteFlite Fundraising Challenge. Member and community participation is the key to success. Consider this, if every one of our members formed a team and that team raised $50, we would meet our goal!

Will you help? The power of social media and the support of family and friends will propel us to meet our goal ensuring our children continue to receive the support and opportunities they need to be successful.  Fundraising is simple. It’s as easy as asking – just like I am asking you to do today! Your efforts will allow you to receive prizes starting at $100. The challenge starts NOW and runs through August 18th when we will celebrate our AUsome community at KiteFlite 2018!

What is KiteFlite? It’s a Kite Parade, Festival & Resource Expo held at Marina Auto Soccer Stadium! This is the ultimate autism-friendly, all ages, family FUNdraising festival to celebrate our fundraising teams and is open to the entire community!  The Rochester Rhinos play host and open the concession stands, music stage, biergarten and a “sensory suite” to our guests! Carnival games, inflatables, crafts, entertainment, amusements, family-friendly activities, live music, a huge raffle and resource expo make this truly a festival like none other. Admission is free for KiteFlite Fundraising Teams marching in the kite parade.

Will you join me to help us reach our $115,000 goal? The month long challenge starts TODAY! Please visit to take the pledge with me and set up your fundraiser. Then share the link with your friends and family so they can set up their own fundraiser, and/or make a pledge to support your KiteFlite Team! Visit for more information.

Thank you for helping to improve quality of life for everyone living with autism locally by being a part of KiteFlite 2018!

Sincerely yours,
Sarah Milko

Different Ways to Participate in KiteFlite

#1. Form a KiteFlite online fundraising team and march in the kite parade.

#2. Become a KiteFlite Festival Sponsor and enjoy related benefits while helping 2,300 member families who receive support from AutismUp.

#3. Participate in the KiteFlite Community Resource Expo and promote your organization or service to hundreds of families in our community.  Reserve your table today!

#4. Enter to win a Two Year Lease of a 2018 Buick Encore sponsored by Vision Automotive Buick GMC by purchasing a raffle ticket for $50!  Only 200 tickets will be sold!

Steps To Create A Kite Flite Team

Win Fundraising Prizes!

Raise $100+
Receive one (1) commemorative KiteFlite T-shirt

Raise $500+
Receive one (1) commemorative KiteFlite T-shirt, one (1) AutismUp water bottle and two unlimited festival activity wristbands

Raise $1,000+
Congratulations, you've achieved Soarin' Circle status! 
Receive two (2) commemorative KiteFlite T-shirts, one (1) AutismUp water bottle, unlimited festival activity wristbands for your entire march team, 20 Popcorn Raffle Tickets, and one (1) custom-designed AutismUp baseball cap by Vineyard Vines

Raise $2,500+

Receive two (2) commemorative KiteFlite T-shirts, two (2) AutismUp water bottles, unlimited festival activity wristbands for your entire march team, 30 Popcorn Raffle Tickets, one (1) custom-designed AutismUp baseball cap by Vineyard Vines, and a $100 AutismUp gift card

Raise $5,000+

Receive four (4) commemorative KiteFlite T-shirts, four (4) AutismUp water bottles, unlimited festival activity wristbands for your entire march team, 50 Popcorn Raffle Tickets, one (1) custom designed AutismUp baseball cap by Vineyard Vines, one (1) custom designed AutismUp canvas catch all bag by Vineyard Vines, a $150 AutismUp gift card, and one (1) YogiBo Puzzle Pillow

Check out our drone video from KiteFlite 2017 and take a few minutes to watch our 2018 Gala Video to learn how your support provides help and hope from our members themselves.  Thank you!

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How to register:

Create your KiteFlite Team here!

Donate to a KiteFlite Team here!

Purchase a Car Raffle ticket here!

Become a sponsor or reserve a table in our resource expo here!

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