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Autism Families CONNECTicut Will Hold ‘Sparkling Celebration’ Fundraiser

West Hartford residents Shana Kates, Jackie Procyk and Catherine Bailey work on the details of the Sparkling Celebration fundraising gala. Submitted photo

The West Hartford-based non-profit is raising funds to support its programs for children and teens from throughout the Greater Hartford area.

West Hartford residents Shana Kates, Jackie Procyk and Catherine Bailey work on the details of the Sparkling Celebration fundraising gala. Submitted photo

West Hartford residents Shana Kates, Jackie Procyk and Catherine Bailey work on the details of the Sparkling Celebration fundraising gala. Submitted photo

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Autism Families CONNECTicut (AFC) will host its 6th Anniversary fundraising event, “A Sparkling Celebration” on Saturday, April 2, at the Simsbury Inn, Simsbury, from 7 to 11 p.m., including the Stargazer After-Party from 10 to 11 p.m.  The event will benefit AFC’s recreational, social and family activities for children and teens on the autism spectrum.

The Celebration will feature fabulous food and cocktails, music and dancing, and exciting silent and live auction items. The Honorary Chair of the event is Tizziana Weber, Director of Communications at Pratt & Whitney, while the premiere event sponsor is Pratt & Whitney.  Nicole Nalepa, Channel 3 Eyewitness News, is the Guest Host. Entertainment and dance music for the Stargazer After-Party will be provided by radio personality and wellness coach John “Cadillac” Saville of 92.5 FM

Lynn Ricci, CEO of the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, will receive AFC’s inaugural Shining Star Award for her dedicated work in the autism community.

“All funds raised during this event stay in our community, and benefit local programs to provide exercise, recreation, and friendship to children with autism who are often unable to participate in more mainstream activities. This year we are celebrating our new “home” and program space in Newington,” said Leah Bailey Moon, Board President.

AFC provides programs for children and teens on the autism spectrum, and their families, including the popularPlaying on the Spectrum gym and sports program, Teen Social Nights, Running Club, Swimming on the Spectrum,Building on the Spectrum and the annual Family Holiday Party.  All programs are designed to meet the unique needs of children with autism, and emphasize fun, exercise, and the opportunity to CONNECT to other children, families, and the community.

Tickets purchased by March 23 are $65 each or two for $120. After March 23 tickets will be $75. Tickets are available at www.autismfamiliesct.org or by sending a check to AFC, P.O Box 370162, West Hartford, CT 06137.  For more information, email [email protected].

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