Empire State Building Lights It Up Blue for Autism Awareness
In commemoration of Autism Speaks’ inaugural “Light It Up Blue” initiative to help shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis, the world famous Empire State Building in New York City turned its lights blue on April 1 – the first day of Autism Awareness Month and the eve of World Autism Awareness Day, April 2.
Autism Speaks Co-founders Bob and Suzanne Wright joined Bravo’s Top Chef Host and Executive Chef Tom Colicchio at a “flip the switch” lighting ceremony at the Empire State Building. The ceremony began with remarks from the building’s manager, Joseph Bellina, followed by brief remarks from Bob and Suzanne Wright. Tom Colicchio then spoke about the hardship that autism creates for families, but also about the beautiful unique qualities that individuals with autism have. Colicchio supported Autism Speaks at this event in honor of his nephew Jack, who has autism.
Autism Speaks would like to thank the Empire State Building for the special lighting on the evening of April 1, 2010 in celebration of the third annual United Nations World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. Learn more about the Empire State Building at www.esbnyc.com. The Empire State Building design is a trademark of ESBC and is used with permission.