‘Artists for Autism’ is a fundraiser created by Sophie to benefit Autism Speaks in honor of her cousin Jimmy. Here is the letter she sent to her school.
Dear Family, Friends, students, teachers, and parents,
My name is Sophie, and I am an (almost) 10 year old fourth grader.
I have a cousin named Jimmy. Jimmy is ten years old, turning eleven on February 17, 2011. Jimmy has a disorder called autism, which is a disorder of the brain that makes it hard to learn, communicate, and socialize. Since Jimmy is my cousin, he and autism are very important to me, and I have come up with a project that will hopefully help Jimmy and other people with autism.
I am going to hold an auction to raise money to find a cure for autism. At the auction, I will auction off artwork, with all of the money we make donated to Autism Speaks. You can learn more about Autism Speaks at www.autismspeaks.org.
And that leads to your job.
You, as an optional task, can make art that we will auction off. You can make any type of drawing or painting you want. The auction will take place on the following date:
Date: Saturday February 12, 2011 (My 10th Birthday!)
Time: 3:30 PM-5:30 PM
Place: The Jane Lawton Center (formerly the Leland Center), 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD
Room: The Social Hall
If you do plan on participating please let us know by January 31st. You can do so by sending an e-mail to my dad, Matt, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let us know how many people will be making art.
When you make your art, please submit it with an index card that includes:
- You’re name
- A title
- A brief description of the art
Since we are hoping to have a lot of people participate please only submit one piece of art per person. We also ask that you frame the art or put it on a canvas; that way it looks very nice for the auction.
At the auction we will also have face painting, refreshments, a drawing table, and a special performance by Peter McCory, the one-man band.
Please respond to this email if you are going to donate art; we will then let you know the next steps. Be sure to spread the word; the more art, the more money for Autism Speaks! And don’t forget to invite friends and family to do the bidding!
Thank you for any support you give; whether it’s making art or coming to the auction, we and Autism Speaks will appreciate it all.
In times of economic hardship, families with one or more children with autism are among those hit the hardest. In addition to the high costs and stress associated with caring for a child with autism, a sudden job loss, accident, home foreclosure, or natural disaster makes an already stressful situation worse. When social services, family and friends, and loans run out, where do these families turn?
AutismCares helps families affected by autism to cover costs associated with critical living expenses such as: housing, utilities, car repair, daycare, funeral expenses, and other essential items on a case-by-case basis. The program relies on donations to assist these families who are in need.
During the holiday season, hardship is felt even more for these families and we need your help to continue to be able to provide much needed assistance for the community!
Please click HERE to donate
The Autism Speaks to Wall Street: Fourth Annual Celebrity Chef Gala was held on Monday, October 4, 2010 and raised over $1.6 million in support of Autism Speaks. The event was held at New York’s Cipriani Wall Street, in the heart of the city’s Financial District and was sponsored by Susan and Steven Wise of KRG Children’s Charitable Foundation, SeaMiles and Puzzlebuilder. The grand venue served as a fitting backdrop for a spectacular evening that featured over 100 chefs preparing four-course meals and dessert tableside. Over 600 guests were treated to the culinary showcases of some of the of the nation’s most renowned chefs, including Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio (Colicchio & Sons); Franklin Becker (Executive Chef & Event Co-chair); Terrance Brennan (Artisanal & Picholine); Wylie Dufresne (WD-50) and Masaharu Morimoto (MORIMOTO).
The evening was hosted by Charlie Trotter, Executive Chef and Owner of Charlie Trotter’s, and CNBC’s Donny Deutsch. Guests enjoyed the musical talents of singer-songwriter Kyle Cousins, an extraordinary young musical artist who expresses through song what life is like living with autism, along with The Great Chefs Band starring Tom Colicchio, Phil Roy, Marc Vetri and Jonathan Waxman. The event included a silent and live auction featuring one of a kind culinary and vacation packages. Guests were also able to support “Fund a Cure,” a bidding event which raised funds for research dedicated to finding a link to autism through environmental factors. The event was co-chaired by Jennifer & Franklin Becker, Susan & Philip Harris, Susan & Kevin Murray, Alison & Duncan Niederauer and Suzanne & Bob Wright.
On September 13, Autism Speaks participated for the first time in Cantor Fitzgerald’s Charity Day, established while the leading global financial services firm rebuilt following the World Trade Center attacks. Held annually on or near September 11, Charity Day memorializes the employees who lost their lives and honors their surviving families. Cantor Fitzgerald and its affiliate, BGC Partners, donate their global revenues for the day to selected charities. This year they raised approximately $13 million on Charity Day worldwide. “We are honored to participate in this important annual event,” said Autism Speaks’ President Mark Roithmayr, “and grateful that families with autism will benefit from the generosity shown here today.” Special thanks to Shawn Matthews, Chief Executive Officer of Cantor Fitzgerald, Inc., for making our participation possible, and thank you to Matt Gilroy of the New York Rangers for participating on our behalf and generating so much excitement on the trading floor. Matt has been involved with Autism Speaks since his Boston University days, when he attended our Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Stay tuned for Matt’s next gig with Autism Speaks!
Adrien and Aaron are eight-year-old twins; Adrien is nonverbal and has autism. Since age four, Aaron has donated “every penny he has received” to Autism Speaks, starting with change he found on the ground. He is now taking his fundraising capabilities to a new level. He is going to shave his head the second week of October and is accepting donations. He hopes to raise $200.
(Here’s where a great story becomes even better.)
Their Uncle Virgil (pictured here) has offered to cut off his beloved 16-year-old mullet, IF Aaron is able to reach $5,000 in donations for Autism Speaks. And, he will donate his lovely locks to a worthy organization like Locks of Love.
In my opinion, everyone wins. Donate to Hairs To Adrien For Autism, benefiting Autism Speaks. Even one dollar will help. Check out his Facebook page and be sure to share it. And be sure to thank Aaron and Uncle Virgil for their efforts!
This guest post is by Autism Speaks staffer Kerry Magro. Kerry, an adult who has autism, is a rising senior at Seton Hall University, majoring in Sports Management.
The best performance of the day on August 5, 2010 at the NYSE Euronext was after the market closed.
Autism Speaks to Young Professionals (AS2YP) held its second annual New York Stock Exchange Summer Event on Thursday in which the sold out event (over 800 people in attendance) raised over $80,000 for Autism Speaks. The event, which was held on the trading floor of the Stock Exchange hosted a night that was filled with great music, great food, great drinks and great times, overall.
The whole trading floor lit up blue on Thursday, once again pushing the “Light it Up Blue” initiative that began on World Autism Awareness Day. In attendance we had Event Co-Chairs Amanda Niederauer and Danny Ryan who both spoke from the historic NYSE bell podium about the importance of events such as this toward raising money for the autism community.
While in the midst of all of this people were enjoying the different tables surrounding the trading floor which included several sponsored food and drink tables. There was also a raffle table for the Nantucket Walk Now for Autism Speaks, which included prizes such as seats to the U.S Open, round-trip air tickets to Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard or St. Barth’s and a Nantucket Lightship basket mirror.
One of the highlights of the night was the opportunity for guest to get their picture taken on the NYSE bell podium where the morning opening bell for the market is rung (how cool is that)!
On behalf of Autism Speaks we would just like to thank all the sponsors: Skybridge Capital, Stitchgraphics, Barbadillo, New Age Imports LLC, Given Liqueur, Cabot, Heartland Brewery, Long Island’s Original Vodka and Magner’s Irish Cider, along with the AS2YP committee who made the night a terrific success.
Everyone had such a great time and the word will quickly spread that this is the place to be. “Like” AS2YP on Facebook at www.facebook.com/as2yp to stay up-to-date with events and check out event photos by Josh Wong. As a fan, you will be among the first to hear when we schedule our 2011 Winter and Summer events!
Check out coverage and photos from the event:
From August 9-15, Autism Speaks will be a featured nonprofit on eBay Giving Works, allowing buyers and sellers to donate when checking out with PayPal on eBay.
Here are some simple ways to support us year-round:
Buy items on eBay that are listed to benefit Autism Speaks. Great deals will abound, and your purchase will help fund autism research and advocacy.
Missed out on spring cleaning? Sellers of items can designate Autism Speaks as the beneficiary of 10-100% of the sale price. Plus, eBay gives back to you, too, with fee credits for every eBay Giving Works donation.
Not in the mood to buy or sell? Instead, make an immediate donation through PayPal through DonateNow.
Make Us Your Favorite
Save Autism Speaks as a favorite on eBay and you’ll be invited to donate $1 (or more) whenever you checkout.
Spread the Word
Ask your friends and family to support Autism Speaks during this time – send e-mails, update your Facebook status and tweet about it!
Get started today by visiting our dedicated page on eBay.
Thank you to MissionFish and eBay Giving Works for this wonderful awareness and fundraising opportunity. Happy shopping!