Autismup Events

KiteFlite 2020

FUNdraising Challenge, Car Kite Parade & Celebration

Help lift families with autism UP! Form a fundraising team, earn prizes, and roll on in to celebrate the local autism community with us at the Vintage Drive In on August 13th!
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WHAT A NIGHT! It was amazing to see so many smiling faces at KiteFlite, and the best part is we knew you were smiling even with a mask on! These last few months have been tough for all, and we are so grateful you came together to celebrate with us. It's hard to put into words what the outpouring of support and generosity from our community means to our organization. As a organization started by 4 moms in a coffee shop, we continue to challenge boundaries and lift families up from uncertainty about the future. Thank YOU for allowing us to nurture the belief that children and adults with ASD related disorders can thrive in a world of opportunity and contribution to their communities. YOU have helped us raise almost $100,000 to continue to bring the best to our families. Thank you! And thank you to our sponsors, without your generous support, events like these would not be possible.

Prize Winnings: Thank you for all that participated in our silent auction and raffle from the event and from home! Over half of the items were still at the event at the end of the night. If you won an item, they are available for pick up at the AutismUp office in the Golisano Autism Center. Please reach out to us at to set up a time.

Want to help us reach $100,000? We are still taking donations here.

KiteFlite 2020 commemorative event t-shirts featuring the 2020 vintage logo are available for $10 to add to our KiteFlite Tee "series"! Get one here.



Many things are different this year, but the need for customized support and programming for those living with autism is not. In fact, support and opportunities are needed now more than ever! AutismUp's annual KiteFlite FUNdraising Challenge & Celebration is one way to ensure that critical skill building opportunities for growth continue. We're thrilled to announce our plans for KiteFlite 2020, social-distancing style!

KiteFlite Part 1: FUNdraising Challenge: June 20 - August 13 | JOIN NOW

The race to raise $54,000 in 54 days starts now! Easily form a "virtual" KiteFlite parade team here. Share your fundraiser with your friends and family and let them know why you are asking for their support to lift families with autism up.

KiteFlite Part 2: Community Celebration: Thursday, August 13 | 7-10 PM

We'll deck out our cars, show our spirit and convene shortly before dusk to conclude our fundraising challenge with a car kite parade followed by big screen entertainment at the Vintage Drive In! Prizes for best decorated cars! An online silent auction features more than 40 items for families to bid on from their cars! We'll announce the winner of our feature film vote soon & our amazing raffle items! Purchase tickets to attend the event before they are gone, as there is limited parking. Can't make it, but want to be part of the fun? Register to participate in the online auction and raffle from the comfort of home!

Get Involved

Families, Friends, Businesses, Sports Teams, & other community groups! Sign up as a KiteFlite team and encourage your family or friends to support your efforts to raise money and awareness to keep AutismUp growing! Participate in friendly competition with other teams for a great cause, uplifting local families living with autism! As a Team Captain, you'll rally friends, neighbors, co-workers & family to meet your fundraising goal, and decorate your car for the Kite Parade into the Vintage Drive-In on 8/13/2020 (competition for the best kite themed cars). Team captains earn perks & prizes at various fundraising levels starting at $50, including: Drive-In admission for all passengers in your car, commemorative KiteFlite 2020 event t-shirts, stadium blankets, concession vouchers and raffle tickets!

Win Prizes

*Unused car admissions to the KiteFlite event at Vintage Drive-In may be donated back to AutismUp to share in a lottery with another family to attend free-of-charge

Form a KiteFlite Team

  1. Go to our on-line KiteFlite event link to become a Team Captain.
  2. Click "Join" and follow the on-line instructions:
    1. Name your AUsome team! Update your personal story and add pictures, or use the AutismUp story.
    2. Set your team fundraising goal.
    3. "Share" with friends and family and ask for their support.
  3. Win prizes!
  4. "Drive In" the Kite Parade and celebrate at the KiteFlite Celebration on August 13th at Vintage Drive-In

Click for visual instructions to form a team using GoFundMe Charity (formerly known as Crowdrise)

Become a Sponsor

As a sponsor of KiteFlite 2020, you can get your brand in front of hundreds of local families, show your support for the autism community, and help AutismUp during a critical time in our journey. Soaring Sponsors will be part of our fundraising challenge as we will encourage donors to match your pledge of support! Please reply by July 20th.

Online Sponsorship Registration

Become a Sponsor!

Click here see a listing of Allies for Autism involved in KiteFlite!

Get started today!

Registration Click here to register for classes. First times enrollees will be required to create a new family account.

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How to register:

Buy a ticket for your car HERE

Join KiteFlite HERE

Become a Sponsor HERE

Contact us HERE

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