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Artists for Autism

‘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 mslater85@verizon.net.  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
  • Age
  • 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.



  1. Mike
    January 20, 2011 at 8:22 am


  2. LuAnne McCleney
    January 20, 2011 at 10:57 am


  3. Opal
    January 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    This is such a wonderful thing :) I wish that we lived closer.

  4. January 22, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I appreciate the work that you have put into this page. Thank You

  5. November 11, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I appreciate work that you have put into this page. Genuinely and informative..

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