Gala 2014


Save the Date!

Saturday, May 3, 2014


Honorary Gala Chairs, Aaron and Nikki Hilger, invite you to attend “Bright Stars – A Gala Event for AutismUp!”  This year’s event will be held at The High Falls Center at Brown’s Race and is certain to be an entertaining yet inspirational occasion. The evening will include fine food, musical entertainment, silent and live auctions, raffles, and opportunities for attendees to learn about and support our excellence in programming that is a lifeline for more than 1,400 family and professional member households in our local community.

Individual Event Tickets: $125 each

Patron Level Sponsorship:
$500 includes 2 tickets and Sponsor Reception

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Why Give to AutismUp?

AutismUp’s annual fundraising gala has allowed AutismUp to expand, enhance, implement and sponsor many programs, including: Social Skill Education; Life Skill Education; Recreational Programs; iCanBike; Exploring Sensations; Speaker Series; Guest Lectures by Dr. Barry Prizant and UK’s Ros Blackburn; Professional conferences featuring nationally acclaimed social skill delivery experts, Michelle Garcia Winner & Kari Dunn Buron; Technology Experts; Autism Risk & Safety Management Training for First Responders; Ask-the-Advocate Series; Connections Parent Support Groups; Special Interest Program expansions including: Electronic Kids Club, Lego Group, Science Club, Exploring Sensations, Girl Power, Music Makers; Family Gatherings; Autism Awareness presentations in the community; Parent and Professional Member Message Boards to share information and provide support amongst our membership.

A portion of all proceeds raised go towards AutismUp’s scholarship program, The Richard and Nancy Dorschel Family Foundation Scholarship Program, to make programming accessible to all individuals living with autism, regardless of financial means. In addition, AutismUp is dedicated to helping the local adult population in our community who are living with autism. AutismUp acknowledges the needs of this underserved adult population and is determined to give this group the support and programming that they are currently lacking.  With the continued support of this generous community, anything is possible. AutismUp hopes to raise $500,000 in 2013 and provide outreach to a greater number of individuals with ASD, and those that support them, in the Upstate area.

About AutismUp

AutismUp supports individuals with ASD, and their families, by expanding and enhancing opportunities to improve quality of life. AutismUp is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization founded by parents of children with autism, and relies solely on donations and fundraising to continue its mission.