About Autism Up

Beth Ciardi

Special Events and Development Associate

Beth found her passion for volunteering at a young age. As a high school and college student involved in many service and philanthropic groups, she organized community fundraisers for the National Kidney Foundation, roasted turkeys for those in need of a Thanksgiving dinner and made many friends while volunteering in a senior home. During her career at IBM and before becoming a stay-at-home parent, Beth saw first-hand the difference she made in the non-profit sector as a Junior Achievement instructor working with at risk youth, so not long after her son was diagnosed with autism, she knew that getting involved would be just as important to her family as it would be to the overall cause.

Beth was a UNYFEAT volunteer for three years, and officially came on board as AutismUp’s Special Events and Fundraising Manager in 2013. As someone who enjoys throwing an awesome party, she has since been lucky to be spending her days planning AU’s next big bash in support of its members; and is inspired every day by the dimple in her son’s right cheek, to build a better future for those living with autism in our community.

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