Registration is now open for the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans’ 13th ANNUAL AUTISM AWARENESS FESTIVAL to be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at First Baptist New Orleans (5290 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, LA) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. First Baptist New Orleans is the same wonderful location we’ve used the last few years with indoor accommodations should the weather not cooperate. So whether it rains or shines, the Fest is on!
Saturday, April 22, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
First Baptist New Orleans
5290 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124
And this year we are very excited to announce a new registration feature, i.e., our NEW Team-Building and Fundraising website! Now, when you register online, you can create a Team, design your Team page, and send invitations to all your family, friends, and co-workers asking them to join your team and help raise funds for autism. You also can compete with the other teams to be one of the top three fundraising teams!
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 will feature 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.
How to Register
Registration is available online, by mail, or onsite at the Fest.
- Register Online with our NEW Team-Building and Fundraising website! Create a Team, design your Team page, and send invitations to all your family, friends, and coworkers asking them to join your team and help raise funds for autism. Online preregistration closes at midnight on Saturday, April 15, 2017. To preregister online, go to http://asgno.ezeventsolutions.com/Festival. NOTE: When registering online using the “Family” registration rate, you must click “REGISTER ANOTHER” to register your additional family members. No more than 4 family members are allowed to register for the “Family” registration rate.
- Mail your preregistration form no later than Saturday, April 8, 2017. Please do not mail cash.
- Register Onsite at our Fest! Onsite registration opens at 9:30 a.m. To register on site, PRINT and complete an Onsite Registration Form. Then bring it with you the day of the Fest.
So register now and join us for a day of fun, fundraising, awareness, and acceptance of all who are affected by autism! And as always, your support and contributions will be greatly appreciated!
Would you like to raise more money to further our cause while participating in our 13th Annual Autism Awareness Festival? Create a TEAM on our new team-building website, design your team page, and invite your family, friends, and co-workers to join your team to help raise funds for autism. Choose a TEAM name that represents your school, organization, or the name of someone with autism who truly inspires you! Design your own TEAM t-shirt or purchase our Festival t-shirts. And then recruit as many team members as you can to raise as much money as you can for a chance to be one of the top three fundraising teams. Instructions to create a TEAM on our new team-building website can be found on the Team Captains page.
Team preregistration deadline is midnight on Saturday, April 15, 2017. All team members have to be registered and their contributions received no later than Saturday, April 15, 2017, in order to be considered for the competition! And if you mail in your registration, be sure to enter your team’s name on the line indicated on our preregistration form so your registration fee, t-shirt purchases, and donations can be counted toward your team’s total funds raised!
Sponsorship Opportunities Availability
The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans invites all businesses to become a Sponsor of our 13th Annual Autism Awareness Festival. The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans invites all businesses to become a Sponsor of our 13th Annual Autism Awareness Festival. Our Sponsorship Levels are quite affordable a are tax deductible (as allowed by law) as we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We have five (5) sponsorship levels.
- Diamond – $5,000: Includes Name on Sponsor Board, Finish Line, and Event t-shirt; full page ad in quarterly newsletter for 1 year; & receive 4 Event T-Shirts.
- Platinum – $2,000: Includes Name on Sponsor Board, Food Table or Activity, Event t-shirt; ½ page ad in quarterly newsletter for 1 year; & receive 4 Event T-Shirts.
- Gold – $1,000: Includes Name on Sponsor Board and Event t-shirt & receive 2 Event T-Shirts.
- Silver – $500: Includes Name on Sponsor Board and Event t-shirt and receive 1 Event T-Shirt.
- Bronze – $250: Includes Name on Sponsor Board.
Each year, 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with Autism. So we have an annual Festival not only to help raise awareness about and acceptance of autism, but as 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.
To become a Sponsor (a) complete the Sponsorship Application form and mail it no later than March 15, 2017 along with your check payable to the “Autism Society of Greater New Orleans.” More detailed instructions can be found on the Sponsorship Application form. Sponsorships are welcome after the March 15th deadline, however, because of printing timelines, we will not be able to include the sponsor logo on the festival t-shirt. Last but not least, know when writing your check you will be helping us help 1 in 68 children who are diagnosed each year with autism!
Resource Agency and Vendor Opportunities
Do you own or work for a resource agency that services children and adults with autism? Do you own or work at a business that sells arts and crafts and other merchandise that could be sold at our Fest? Download our Agency/Vendor Application form today to be a part of making our Fest a huge success. The Agency/Vendor application deadline is April 8, 2017. For profit organizations pay a nominal fee of $25. Nonprofit organizations fees are waived. Become a sponsor and the fee is waived as well.
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