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Autism Families CONNECTicut Has ‘Sparkling Celebration’

Karina Casyab and Jackie Procyk, both of West Hartford. Photo credit: J. Fierceck Photography

Thousands were raised at the annual fundraiser for Autism Families CONNECTicut, an organization which was founded in West Hartford nine years ago.

AFC Volunteer Tom Grady, (left) with parents Peggy and Brendan Grady of West Hartford. Photo credit: J. Fierceck Photography


Autism Families CONNECTicut celebrated its ninth anniversary with “A Sparkling Celebration” fundraiser at the Simsbury Inn.

All proceeds benefit the organization’s recreational, social, and educational programs. Nearly 200 guests enjoyed passed appetizers, and food stations, as well as delicious desserts and a bustling silent auction.

Auctioneer Renee DiNino, of iHeartMedia, led a spirited live auction that raised thousands of dollars – headlined by trips to Myrtle Beach and New York City, Masters Tournament mementoes, and an NFL game football signed by Patriots no. 12 Tom Brady.

Len Besthoff, an investigative reporter with NBC Connecticut, was the event emcee, and John “Cadillac” Saville played tunes for dancing at the after party. Suzette Kuerbitz, a program participant, presented a stunning musical performance.

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John “Cadillac” Saville and Renee DiNino. Photo credit: J. Fierceck Photography

Jim Tully, Publisher of Seasons Magazines; Leah Moon, AFC Co-Founder, and Wayne Carini, host of Motor Trend network’s Chasing Classic Cars. Photo credit: J. Fierceck Photography

From left: Lynn Ricci, CEO, Hospital for Special Care; Marjorie Sussman, AFC Board Chair; and Wendy DeAngelo, Hospital for Special Care. Photo credit: J. Fierceck Photography

6) Event Honorary Chair, Tizz Weber, Director of Communications for Pratt & Whitney, introduced AFC’s new video. Photo credit: J. Fierceck Photography

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