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Community Resources for People with Autism announces first 'Stepping Up and Stepping Out for Autism' fundraiser

Community Resources for People with Autism announces first 'Stepping Up and Stepping Out for Autism' fundraiser autismfundraiser.jpg
(left to right) Chase, Dylan and Patience MacPherson tickle their brother, Shea, who receives services through Community Resources for People with Autism.
SPRINGFIELD Community Resources for People with Autism, a division of the Association for Community Living, is pleased to announce Stepping Up and Stepping Out for Autism. This first ever fundraiser will begin at 6 p.m. on Oct. 23 at Western New England College, Rivers Memorial Hall. The event will feature food from participating local restaurants, music provided by DJ Tom Lamica, a raffle and a silent auction. Tickets are $30 per person, $50 per couple and the patron level at $125. Table purchases are also available. Tickets can be purchased by calling Nancy Farnsworth at 529-2428. To date participating restaurants include 3 caf , Caf Leone, Chez Josef, Fazio's, Frigo's, Hot Table, Iron Chef Asian Cuisine, La Fiorentina Pastry Shop, LePage Bakeries, Pazzo's Restaurant, Salvatore's, Storrowton Tavern and Carriage House, Student Prince Caf , Tavern on the Hill, the Pizza Shoppe and Yourway Gourmet. Thus far raffle and auction items are being provided by over 38 local businesses and area attractions. Proceeds from the event will benefit Community Resources, which was founded in 1989 by parents of children with autism. Their goal was to help families, schools, professionals, agencies and communities understand autism, promote the well-being of individuals with autism and foster their inclusion in the community. Today, Community Resources continues its founders' vital mission, providing support, information and practical help for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families living in Western Massachusetts. Community Resources focuses on helping families build on their strengths, work together to create a positive vision for the future and help their children learn, grow and be welcomed, fully included members of their communities. Parents and family members, in partnership with autism professionals and other dedicated citizens, continue to make up the volunteer board of directors for this division of the association. For more information about Community Resources for People with Autism please visit www.communityresourcesforautism.org.

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