Thank you everyone for making our 13th ANNUAL AUTISM AWARENESS FESTIVAL a success. It was held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at First Baptist New Orleans with beautiful weather and a wonderful attendance. We appreciate everyone contributing to it’s success from our wonderful sponsors listed below to our, resource agencies and vendors, food and silent auction donors, volunteers, Team Captains competing to raise the most funds online, and everyone who registered and attended! While we did not reach our online fundraising goal, we were very close and raised $8,026. This is amazing given it was our first year to use a team-building website to help raise funds. Thank you one and all for supporting those living with autism in the greater New Orleans area!
We were also honored to be presented with a proclamation from Louisiana’s Governor, John Bel Edwards in honor of Autism Awareness month. Ms. Bambi Polotzola, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office for Disability Affairs, presented us with the proclamation.
Next year’s festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2018 at First Baptist New Orleans (5290 Canal Blvd., NOLA) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. So save the date and stay tuned by joining our email list so you can learn about how to register, how to become a sponsor, a resource agency, or a volunteer; or how to donate a silent auction item!
About Our Fest
Our Annual Autism Awareness Festival is an opportunity to meet new friends, network, learn about all the resources available in the greater New Orleans area, and have a fun-filled family day! But most of all, it is a time to celebrate the individuality and many gifts and contributions our friends and family with autism bring to our community. So come on out and celebrate with us and join in supporting and improving the lives of all who are affected by autism.
Some of what our Annual Autism Awareness Festival featured include:
- Mike Hoss (Hoss Communications and WWL Reporter)
- Prism Project
- NOLA Showgirls
- Home Depot Craft Project
- Bounce House
- Silent Auction
- Autism Store
- Resource Agencies
- Merchandise Vendors
- Food, Drinks, Music, and more!!!
With your participation as well as your generous donations, we will be able to continue to provide information and referral services through our Autism Help Line, eNewsletters, website, and social media; community and parent training events such as our Brushes, Buddies, and Beyond for Autism, Family Game Night, and Applied Behavior Analysis Training for Parents, Teachers, and Other Professionals; as well as our Mini Grant Program that provides grants to families and teachers for purchasing materials and equipment that help students with autism in their classrooms and children and adults with autism in their community. And because we are primarily an all-volunteer organization, 100% of the money raised through your participation and generous donations will go towards providing these services to families living in the Greater New Orleans area and continuing our mission of improving the lives of all affected by autism.
Each year, 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with Autism. So our annual Festival not only helps raise awareness about and acceptance of autism, but it is our main fundraiser to support all who are living with autism in the Greater New Orleans area as part of our mission of improving the lives of all affected by autism. So all funds raised by the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans are spent in the Greater New Orleans area. For instance, each year we offer our mini-grant program to families and teachers to purchase materials and resources they need to support their child or student with Autism. We also started an Art Club in Chalmette and Metairie and a Family Game Night in Slidell and New Orleans. Additionally, we provide information and referral to over 1,300 families and professionals who contact us for support, subscribe to our Email list, use our local resource directory, and visit our Facebook page and website.
2017 FEST SPONSORS – Thank you!
Autism Spectrum Therapies
Beatriz Ball New Orleans
LaPorte CPA’s & Business Advisors
The Law Office of Sharry I. Sandler, LLC
Southern Poverty Law Center