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A Blue Affair for Autism Speaks: over $100,000 raised for autism research and advocacy

To show their support for Autism Awareness Month and to help raise funds for Autism Speaks, Vanessa and Donald Trump, Jr. hosted A Blue Affair in partnership with the Bayrock Group and handbag line La Poshett on the evening of April 6 at Trump Soho in New York City. Joining the Trumps were event co-chairs Sandi and Chris Wright, Julius and Suzanne Schwarz, Alexandria Capra, Shawn Modell and Hope Smith, along with Autism Speaks Co-founders Bob and Suzanne Wright.

Thanks to Autism Speaks’ gracious hosts, A Blue Affair was a huge success. Over 300 guests – including Eric Trump, Real Housewives of New York star Kelly Bensimon, Miss New York USA Amber Collins, actor Michael McGlone, famed photographer Richard Phibbs, Tommy Hilfiger Model Jacquelyn Jablonski, and Miss Teen USA 2010 Kamie Crawford – enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Guests were also treated to a live performance by Talina, a young girl on the autism spectrum from Rockland County who is quickly becoming a singing sensation, and the debut of Vanessa Trump’s new handbag line, La Poshett, from which a percentage of proceeds from sales of her blue line will benefit Autism Speaks.

In addition to Vanessa and Donald Trump Jr. and the event co-chairs, we’d like to thank A Blue Affairs’ top sponsors — Greenberg, Trager and Herbst; Brain Balance and The Geier Group — for their support of Autism Speaks. A Blue Affair was truly a special evening for all of the attendees. Thanks to everyone’s efforts, over $100,000 was raised to go towards vital research and awareness efforts for autism. Also check out some of the great press coverage from the event, including an interview with Vanessa on MSNBC.com on why raising awareness and funds for autism is important to her, and a Fox & Friends segment on A Blue Affair with Vanessa and Donald Trump, Jr.

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  1. Betty Reardean
    April 7, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Thank you for your help in raising funds for Autism. You don’t know what it truly means to those of us with children who have this disease. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    • Molly Rushing
      April 7, 2011 at 11:04 pm

      Actually it’s not a disease.Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. Just thought I’d let ya know. Also I second what Betty said. “THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!” Ya’ll totally rock!

  2. Addy
    April 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Hello Betty…I too am grateful for this event. However, you should not refer to Autism as a disease..because it’s not.

  3. April 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Omg! Congratulations you guys!! Thanks for all the support for people with Autism. My brother has Autism and he wants to thank you for all your help & major support for Autism Awareness Month =)

  4. Eva Mabry
    April 7, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Thank you and God Bless you.Us as parents of Autism are grateful.We can never truly express our gratitude for what you have done.Our children thank you.Lord ,please bless those who are helping to make it possible to research Autism farther.In Jesus name.Amen

  5. Randy Gorlano
    April 8, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Thanks for all you do for us and for our children, we need all the help we can get. Hopefully in raising funds for Autism we can find help for our kids! Thank you Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa!

  6. Glenda Van Tiem
    April 8, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Trump, as well as all of those who were envolved with this event. It’s good to know we have such kind & wonderful people joining us in the trenches to get others to listen us. Thank you very much & may God bless you in your efforts.

  7. Darla Kranau
    April 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    We, the families of those who suffer with the disorder called Autism, truly thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your conscious efforts, devotion, and time spent raising money for the research of this disorder will never be unnoticed or without merit. Thank you again.

  8. Darlene
    April 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    It was very refreshing and comforting to see such wonderful support for Autism. I remember when Autism was not taken seriously. I am grateful for the spotlight, because this disorder has destroyed many young lives and has placed a lifelong burden on the backs of many families. The financial cost to fund education and to care for a child, especially those that are severe….. is outrageous. Above all as a mother of 2 of them, I can honestly say they have taught me a lot…patience, how to love unconditionally, tolerance and how to be appreciative of the little things in life…to name a few. Please keep Autism in the spotlight, let us know you care and hear us…Thanks for lighting it up blue ! You should put a red heart next to it….because your love and big hearts also lit up for the world to see… THANK YOU :)

  9. Sharon Hightower
    April 9, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    God Bless all of you involved in supporting Autism. My grandson has Asperger’s. The more involved who have recognizable names, the more our communities at large will better understand. Having the Trump’s support is huge. Hope Dad ( The Donald ) jumps in with support. That surely couldn’t hurt come 2012.

    Our schoold districts need to start doing education for their teachers on this disorder. They just want to tag your child as a behavioral problem. Parent must have been on drugs during her pregnancy. Most do not have a clue, and my experience is, they won’t listen. Very sad and frustrating.

    Again from the bottom of everyone in my families hearts, Thank You, and God Bless you. Please keep up the good work : )

  10. Glenda Van Tiem
    April 11, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    for Sharon H. I see U are having difficulties with your school district same as we are & I’m seeing this a common problem through out the autism community. My grandson (6 yr. old) Is being forced to take some heavy duty drugs in order for him to handle the excessive stimulation in his progressive kindergarten. I can’t see how doping him up to the extent where he sleeps all the time is helping him learn @ school. I wish ya’ll good luck & may god bless ya’ll. We are waiting for our school boards decision ( or should I say the usual “There is nothing wrong with him. He’s a model student.”)to either put him a restrictive class for now or keep up with the usual BS they feed all of us & continue to force mainstreaming a child that at this time can’t be mainstreamed due way too much stimuli.

  11. April 19, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Hi everyone, Talina really enjoyed performing at this event. At 12 years old she is very aware of her autism as well as how fortunate she is to have been blessed with her musical talent. The Trumps and everyone associated with this event really want to make a difference. Please read about Talina’s amazing story at http://www.talinaworld.com as she continues to raise awareness and break boundaries of what a child with a disability can do.

    Blessings to all

  1. April 28, 2011 at 8:08 am

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