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:
The third annual World Autism Awareness Day was celebrated a bit early today at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and Euronext locations around the world. In NYC, Autism Speaks volunteers and supporters opened the day by ringing the NYSE opening bell. As the NYSE is closed on April 2 for the religious holiday, Autism Speaks was given the honor of ringing the bell on April 1.
NYSE CEO Duncan Niederauer was joined at the Opening Bell Ceremony by his wife Alison and their children Liam, Eva and Amanda. Also on the platform were Autism Speaks Co-founders Bob and Suzanne Wright, Dr. Liri Berisha, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Albania, Autism Speaks board members Laura Slatkin and her husband Harry, as well as Adrian Jones and his wife Tina and son Danny, along with several other Autism Speaks advocates.
Additionally, Autism Speaks was proud to partner with Autism-Europe and NYSE Euronext in the first-ever global bell ringing across NYSE Euronext markets with member autism organizations opening or closing the trading day in Amsterdam, Brussels, Lisbon and Paris.
NYSE Euronext Amsterdam: Representatives from The Dutch Autism Association sounded the closing gong at NYSE Euronext Amsterdam for the second year in a row;
NYSE Euronext Brussels: Aurelie Baranger, Director of Autism-Europe, rang the opening bell at NYSE Euronext Brussels;
NYSE Euronext Lisbon: Isabel Cotinelli Telmo, President of Federação Portuguesa de Autismo and President of APPDA-Lisboa rang the closing bell at NYSE Euronext Lisbon;
NYSE Euronext Paris: Evelyne Friedel, President of Autism-Europe rang the closing bell at NYSE Euronext Paris.
Immediately after the Opening Bell, the Niederauers and Wrights were interviewed on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street. Bob Wright talked about how autism awareness drives research and that the current research is really starting to gain attention. Young Liam Niederauer, who rang the opening bell, thanked all his friends who were watching. View the segment below.
View photos from this, and other, World Autism Awareness Day celebrations and events below.