Milwaukee Landmarks Turn Blue for World Autism Awareness Day
Miller Park, Mitchell Park Domes, Pettit National Ice Center and other area landmarks will illuminate with special blue lights on the evening of Sunday, April 1 and Monday, April 2 in support of Autism Speaks’ global Light It Up Blue campaign to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day (April 2) and Autism Awareness Month. More than 450 iconic landmarks, airports, bridges, sports arenas, museums, concert halls and restaurants, as well as retail, corporate and media partners in more than 120 U.S. cities and 30 countries, will light up in bright blue to raise awareness and shine a light on autism as a growing public health crisis now affecting 1 in every 88 American children.
Ways members of the community can support Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue (LIUB) campaign:
- Light windows or homes with specially marked blue light bulbs and LED lanterns sold exclusively at Home Depot stores nationwide
- Download the FREE LIUB iPhone App at the iTunes Store and turn your own pictures blue with a choice of five different style frames
- Bake puzzle piece shaped cookies and frost them with blue icing, then bring them to your school, work or place of worship to raise autism awareness
- Build a Blue Website and ask friends and family to support Autism Speaks by making a donation to your personal page
- Wear blue clothing and the Autism Speaks puzzle piece pin on April 2 and ask your co-workers, schools and friends to wear blue. Take pictures and add them to our Flickr gallery at www.lightitupblue.org
- For other unique and fun ideas visit Light It Up Blue website at www.lightitupblue.org
DATE: Sunday, April 1 and Monday, April 2
TIME: Beginning at dusk (Miller Park from 8 p.m.-midnight)
- Miller Park (Apr. 2) 1 Brewers Way, Milwaukee, WI 53214
- Mitchell Park Domes (Apr. 1 and Apr. 2) 524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53215
- Pettit National Ice Center (Month of April) 500 S. 84th St., Milwaukee, WI 53214
- City of Milwaukee Court of Honor (Apr. 1 and Apr. 2) W. Wisconsin Ave. (between N. 8th and 10th Streets) Milwaukee, WI 53202
- City of West Allis City Hall (Apr. 2) 7525 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis, WI 53214
- Marquette Interchange (Apr. 1 and Apr. 2)
In Milwaukee, Autism Awareness Month wraps up with the Milwaukee Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, Apr. 28 at State Fair Park. The Walk is Autism Speaks’ number one effort to generate vital funds for autism research and raise awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism. Although it's encouraged, it's not required to raise funds to participate.
For more information or to sign up, please visit www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/milwaukee.
Editor's Note: Upload and share your photos of the blue landmarks to this announcement!