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Beta Chi Makes Generous Donation to Autism Speaks at National Convention

Paula Ternet – Beta Chi President, Martha Scholfield – Beta Chi Treasurer, Mary Seavey – Beta Chi National Secretary, Pat Kemp – Autism Speaks EVP Marketing, Corporate Relations and Development

The Beta Chi sorority designated Autism Speaks as its charity of choice for 2009-2010. Pat Kemp, Autism Speaks EVP of Marketing, Corporate Relations and Development accepted the generous check of $37,000, designated for autism research, at Beta Chi’s National Convention held in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 12. “Nothing is more important than our children. They are our future. Beta Chi hopes this money helps in some small way to ensure a bright future for children with autism,” said Beta Chi President, Paula Ternet. Pat addressed the attendees and shared some of the recent scientific achievements that Autism Speaks has been at the forefront of, in leading the autism community in moving from hope to discovery. When Pat asked the group to raise their hands if they had an immediate family member with autism, more than half of the room raised their hands. “Autism is everywhere,” Kemp said, “If you don’t know someone with autism today, you soon will.” On behalf of Autism Speaks and families with autism, we thank Beta Chi for their generosity.

  1. ileana morales
    June 15, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    thank you Beta Chi for your generosity and for help us spread the word about autism.
    HI!. MY NAME IS ILEANA MORALES, I HAVE A 17 YEAR OLD AUTISTIC TEEN, HIS NAME IS DAVID. WHEN HE TURNED 16 ( AND THE HORMONES KICKED IN) EVERYTHING CHANGED. HE WANTED FRIENDS, A GIRLFRIEND, HE TRIED TO MAKE FRIENDS AT SCHOOL. THAT’S WHEN HE REALIZED HE WAS DIFFERENT . DAVID TURNED FROM A SWEET BOY TO AN AGGRESSIVE TEENAGER, HE EVEN STARTED HURTING HIMSEL.HE CRYED AND SAY:”MOM I HAVE NO FRIENDS, I’LL NEVER HAVE A GRILFRIEND”.HE WAS FRUSTRATED AND SO WAS I. I WAS DESPERATE. I ENROLLED HIM IN THE BEST BUDDIES PROGRAM.BUT AFTER EVERY OUTING, HE WOULD COME HOME MORE DEPRESSED, HE WOULD SAY: “REGULAR KIDS DON’T WANT TO TALK TO ME”. I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO.- ONE DAY, TALKING TO ROSA (THE MOTHER OF ONE OF DAVIDS CLASSMATES) WE DECIDED TO OPEN A CLUB. ROSA CELEBRATED HER DAUGHTER MELISSA, SWEET SIXTEEN PARTY, THEY WERE SO HAPPY, THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO WEAR, EVEN THE TEACHERS AT SCHOOL WERE TEACHING THEM HOW TO DANCE, THEY HAD A BLAST. THE FOLLOWING FRIDAY I TOOK MY VAN, AND ROSA AND I TOOK 7 HIGH FUNCTIONING TEENS TO “HANG OUT”, WE WENT TO THE MOVIES ( THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THEY WENT TO THE MOVIES WITH FRIENDS), THEY WOULDN’T STOP TALKING AND LAUGHING; THEY WERE BEING TEENAGERS. AND ROSA AND I WERE CRYING OF HAPPINESS.NOW WE GO OUT EVERY FRIDAY. DAVID AND HIS FRIENDS ARE NOT AGGRESSIVE ANYMORE; THEY ARE TOO BUSY PLANNING THE NEXT FRIDAY OUTING.
    THERE IS A LOT OF HELP FOR LITTLE KIDS BUT THEY ARE FORGETTING THAT OUR KIDS ARE BECOMING TEENAGERS WITH ALL OF THEIR TEENS NEEDS..- OUR TEENS NEED HELP, THEY LACK SOCIAL SKILLS, THEY HAVE NO FRIENDS THEY FEEL LONELY. AS THE MOTHER OF AN AUTISTIC TEEN, I CAN TELL YOU THAT THEY SUFFER AND SO DO WE.
    I WANT TO SHARE THIS WITH EVERY MOTHER. OUR LITTLE CLUB IS WORKING, WE WOULD LIKE TO MAKE IT GROW. WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE 100’S OF TEENS HAVING FUN….JUST BEING TEENAGERS.

  2. Audrey Castillo
    June 17, 2010 at 8:04 am

    That is awesome! It is very true that if you don’t know someone with autism now, you soon will. I have a son with autism and what I see is a bright, sweet child who can be whatever he wants as long as there are people out there like this sorority making a difference in his life and the lives of those like him. God Bless you all!

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