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Autism Speaks to Young Professionals Winter Gala a Success

February 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Last night, more than 250 guests, including Miss New York 2012 Johanna Sambucini, packed the house at the ultra-cool Avenue lounge in New York City for the fifth Autism Speaks to Young Professionals winter gala. The annual event is designed to bring together young professionals from all industries to generate funds and awareness of autism. Co-chaired by Jesse Morris and Danny Ryan, the Autism Speaks to Young Professionals winter gala raised over $33,000 dollars for Autism Speaks’ research and advocacy initiatives.

A special thanks goes out to the sponsors who helped make the event such a special evening, including RBS, Brooklyn Brewery, Crop Organic Vodka, DonQ Rum, Farmers Botanical Organic Gin, Given Tequila Liqueur, Magner’s Irish Cider, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. And finally, thank you to Lauren Colatrella of Bakari for the delicious and festive cupcakes!

Be sure to scroll through all of the great pictures below.

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Autism Speaks to Young Professionals (AS2YP) Hosts Third Summer Event at New York Stock Exchange

August 5, 2011 2 comments

On August 5th, 2011, the New York City chapter of Autism Speaks to Young Professionals (AS2YP) held its third summer event on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Over 800 guests gathered at the NYSE to taste a few cocktails from sponsors Barbadillo, Firefly and Perrier, listen to music played by DJs Caleb Loftus and  Nick Russo, and to show their support for Autism Speaks. The floor provided a stunning venue for guests to mingle among screens displaying the Autism Speaks puzzle piece,  factoids about autism and photos of many of the young professionals present at the event with their loved ones on the spectrum. Event Co-Chairs Amanda Niederauer and Danny Ryan, joined by Autism Speaks President Mark Roithmayr, made remarks about their own personal experiences with autism, and thanked the crowd for being there to show their support. Guests were afforded the opportunity to take a photo with friends on the historic NYSE bell podium, and guests vied for a chance to win US Open tickets among other wonderful prizes in the evening’s raffle. To-date the AS2YP event series in New York City has raised over $272,000 for autism research and awareness, with over $66,000 coming in from last night’s event. Check out our event photos here, with more posted online at :

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Pin Pals Photo Contest

July 14, 2011 4 comments

Autism Speaks to Young Professionals (AS2YP) is looking to spread awareness and needs your help! They will be holding a photo contest – to participate, all you have to do is email us a picture of you wearing the Autism Speaks pin. It’s that simple! The winner will receive two complimentary tickets to the next Autism Speaks 2 Young Professionals (AS2YP) Event! Their picture will also be featured on the Autism Speaks website and Facebook pages!

•         Take a creative picture with the Autism Speaks Puzzle Piece
o   Spreading awareness in different scenarios
  In your office
  At school
  In the gym
  Grocery store
•         Please send your photos to Justine Benisch at with ‘Pin Pals’ in the subject!

*Deadline August 1 by 5pm EST!

AS2YP Winter Gala Raises $32,000 and Counting

February 4, 2011 1 comment

Autism Speaks to Young Professionals (AS2YP) is the budding younger-generation oriented event series that began in New York City in 2009. To-date AS2YP New York City has hosted four fundraising events- the most recent of which took place on February 3rd, at trendy NYC hotspot Avenue – and has also seen a sister chapter start up in Chicago (the Chicago chapter had their first event on January 19th), with chapters in the works in both DC and LA.

The event on February 3 at Avenue was pretty much AS2YP in a nutshell. The event sold out a week in advance- par for the course at this point, with three sold out events under our belt – and was attended by 300 New York City area young professionals who sipped and danced the night away in a venue reminiscent of a 1920’s speakeasy (think Boardwalk Empire set). The evening was sponsored by RBS for the second year in a row, and featured beverages from Brooklyn Brewery, Crop Organic Vodka, DonQ Rum, Farmer’s Organic Gin, Given Tequila Liqueur, Magner’s Irish Cider and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. AS2YP’s DJ of choice, Caleb Loftus, alternated between old school tunes and new hits, and kept everyone’s head bobbing with an occasional impressive move thrown in on the dance floor.

Midway through the evening, event chairs Amanda Niederauer and Danny Ryan spoke about what AS2YP means to them. As the sister and father of Liam and Jonathan, both of whom are on the autism spectrum, they know better than anyone how important it is that this younger generation of Autism Speaks supporters get behind the cause as early as possible. And with $32,000 raised (and counting) we think that we have made a pretty good start.

For more information on AS2YP (and to see pictures from last night’s event at Avenue) please visit our Facebook page:


Photo by Josh Wong,

Check out additional photos and coverage from this event at Guest of a Guest

AS2YP Summer Event Raises Over $80,000

August 6, 2010 1 comment

Photo by Josh Wong,

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 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:

Guest of a Guest

How to Support Autism Speaks for Less than the Cost of a Minivan

July 15, 2010 1 comment

This guest post is by Sarah Schaffer, an AS2YP event committee member and employee of BlackRock.

Manhattan is a competitive landscape for just about everything, from career path to sample sales to SoulCycle spinning classes (yes, I too have frantically refreshed my computer as classes for the coming week are released). When I embarked on fulfilling my New Year’s resolution last year to give back to the community, I found that even philanthropy in Manhattan was yet another application process.  As I sifted through applications and interview schedules and tentatively committed to Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m in business casual to help empower women in the community, I soon realized I could not maintain such a rigorous schedule and keep my day job. It became quickly apparent that I would never be able to compete with the ladies who lunch (who should really be rebranded as ladies who lunch and volunteer).

After taking a much-needed step back I realized I was approaching the process too scientifically. No one should need approval or admittance to give back to their community. The search should be far more organic. What do I care about? What cause needs attention, especially in my age group? If I barely have time to take my dry cleaning out of the plastic, do I have time to volunteer and where can I make a difference?

These answers are completely personal to the individual, but I soon realized I cared most about helping children – maybe because they cannot help themselves or maybe just because I know I will be a mother one day and have children of my own. As for a topic that lacks attention among my age group (for the record I am twenty-something, that’s all I will divulge), I found autism to be a perfect candidate. There are mothers and fathers who are pioneering for education, awareness, and support for autism today, but this is not a disorder that typically garners awareness among the youth of Manhattan. We are the parents of tomorrow and any disorder that is statistically growing this rapidly should be something we fight for today.

The Autism Speaks to Young Professionals (AS2YP) initiative gave me the perfect opportunity to help change my future. The committee provides different levels of volunteerism to ensure that everyone involved is able to give back whether it is weekly, monthly, or yearly. As a member of AS2YP I learned that some very hip and happening individuals in New York City have been touched by autism. This translates to us hosting our fundraisers at locales you generally cannot get into on a standard Thursday night (without buying a table for the price of a minivan). Or sometimes, events are hosted in a space so completely unique you could find yourself partying on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange – like our first event last year.

All AS2YP events generally end with droves of young professionals being slightly less professional on the dance floor. I expect no less from Round Two at the New York Stock Exchange on August 5.  Come join us from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. for cocktails and dancing for this pertinent and fabulous cause. Some dance moves are better than others, but hey, it’s for charity!  If the DJ doesn’t stop taking my requests like last year, we will even play a little Britney for you (don’t lie, you love it).  Hope to see you all there.

Tickets are available online, starting at $75. Ticket price includes admission, passed appetizers, open bar, dancing and the opportunity to support Autism Speaks while meeting other New York-area young professionals.


Young Professionals Winter Gala Raises Over $33,000

January 12, 2010 Leave a comment

More than 200 guests attended the AS2YP Winter Gala. Photo by Josh Wong.

NYC celebrity hotspot SL hosted more than 200 young professionals, on the evening of January 7, for the second in the Autism Speaks to Young Professionals (AS2YP) event series, raising over $33,000. The Winter Gala, hosted by event co-chairs Amanda Niederauer and Danny Ryan, offered guests an open bar, delicious appetizers by Abe & Arthur’s chef Franklin Becker and dancing to tunes spun by DJs Caleb Loftus and Nick Russo. The hundreds of guests complemented their fashionable attire, and raised autism awareness, by sporting the Autism Speaks puzzle pin.

The inaugural summer event, held at the Stock Exchange, sold out three days before the event and raised over $40,000. Danielle Yango, who attended both events, commented, “It was so great to be at events where everyone there was inspired by and engaged in the reason for being there – to raise autism awareness and to raise funds for Autism Speaks. Despite twenty-somethings not having a lot of money to spare, the event was filled with people wanting to do and give more. Change and improvement only happen when people take action, and this event is a prime example of people actively participating!”

Another guest, committee member Hallie Elsner remarked, “Despite the frigid temperature in New York City, it was amazing to see how many people made it out to support the first event of the year for AS2YP. It was a great way to kick off 2010!” Caite Kappel, another committee member in attendance, agreed, “It was great to have so many passionate people together in one amazing venue. The event went a long way to promote awareness of the disorder and I was thrilled to hear about all the money that was raised.  I can’t wait for the next event!” 

The event, described as “fun,” “hip,” and “trendy” by the guests in attendance attracted not only people who have a loved one with autism, but people who wanted to learn more about the disorder. Throughout the evening, a presentation on the television screens reinforced the CDC’s most recent findings that 1 in 110 children has autism.

Joshua Feldman, an active supporter of Autism Speaks and an ASY2P committee member  said, “After participating in both Autism Speaks and AS2YP events, I realize the attendees to both are instrumental in the future of autism awareness and research. I think the AS2YP Winter Gala was extremely successful, because while other events may raise more money near-term, this event opened the eyes of tomorrow’s benefactors who can support Autism Speaks and its goals in the future.” 

Event co-chair, Amanda Niederauer, hopes to expand the success of the Young Professionals events to other cities across the country. Amanda said, “I am so happy that the event was such a huge success. With the statistics so drastically increased to 1 in 110 children, our work is even more important. I think we have a terrific thing started with the Young Professionals series, and it is such an honor to be involved in spreading awareness to the next generation of parents.”

Special thanks to our co-chairs, committee members, guests, and sponsors – Manhattan Beer Distributors, Montecastelli Selections, RBS and Alacrity Financial.

Become a fan of AS2YP on Facebook at to stay up-to-date with events and check out event photos by Josh Wong. The AS2YP event series will return to the floor of the New York Stock Exchange this August.

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