In the Community - 2015

Autism Awareness Month gives you the platform to get out in the community and show others why raising awareness is important. Just knowing the term “autism spectrum disorder” is not enough. Connect with others and you become a true ambassador who is making a difference.

Don't forget to inspire others by posting what you are doing in your community to raise awareness!

Tips and Tools to use in your community

Autism Awareness Swim-A-Thon
Parlin, NJ

The MRECS Aquatics & Fitness Center really outdid themselves this year at their Autism Awareness Swim-A-Thon! Many came to swim laps, enjoy the lazy river and spread autism awareness. Thanks for all your hard work!
 View a video from the event Amount raised:  $6,549.78

Casa Freehold and Project S.A.L.U.D

Freehold, NJ

Casa Freehold (a non-profit community organization serving the Monmouth County immigrant community) and Project S.A.L.U.D (a group of driven high school students, Whose mission is to help the Latino population of Freehold Borough to better improve their health through education, improvement of local health resources, and disease prevention so they can live healthier lifestyles) held an autism awareness event, Saturday, April 25 at Casa Freehold's premises in Freehold, NJ. Parents were individually informed about autism in their preferred language and questions and concerns regarding autism were answered. Kids participated in many fun and educational activities that helped them understand the meaning of autism and the puzzle pieces. Autism New Jersey’s Kids Activity Booklets, temporary tattoos and other materials were handed out. Thank you to everyone involved in Casa Freehold and Project S.A.L.U.D for spreading autism awareness!

4th Annual Bowling for Autism
Washington, NJ

The Loew Orthodontics Annual Bowling for Autism was a huge success! Theresa Saracinello and the rest of the Loew team hung autism awareness posters and handed out materials at the Loew offices throughout April as well as organized their fundraising event. Amount raised: $3,080.00 We cannot thank you enough!

2nd Annual Punch-A-Thon for Autism
North Brunswick, NJ

The 2nd Annual Punch a Thon at CKO Kickboxing was a huge hit! Thanks to all involved for planning and executing a great event to spread awareness and raise money for Autism New Jersey! Amount raised: $2,864.00 We can’t wait to see what next year brings!

Greenwich School's Junior Autism Ambassador Club 
Phillipsburg, NJ

The Greenwich School’s Junior Ambassador Club was very busy during the month of April. Here are some of their activities:

• Friendly’s Fundraiser on April 13th
• Bake sale
• Club breakfast where members brought a friend
• The kids gave a power point presentation to their peers

Amount raised: $1,035.00 Way to go!

Jessica Freyer

Manalapan, NJ

We applaud Jessica for planning a fundraiser by creating money cans located in two local Italian restaurants, Tuscany and Villabate, and at The Salon of Manalapan on Route 33. The salon has blue hair extensions available for purchase to show their support for autism! Amount raised: $915.00 Thank you Jessica!

2nd Annual Skylands Got Talent
Newton, NJ

Jonathan Peirce organized Newton Theatre’s second annual talent show and fundraising event, Skylands’ Got Talent, held on Sunday, April 19th. Amount raised: $250.00 Thank you!

Puzzle Piece Crop & Vendor Fair

Sicklerville, NJ

Debbie Esposito, Week 2 Ambassador of the Week, organized a Crop & Shop for a great cause at St. Charles Borromeo Church on April 25th. Thank you for all your hard work!

New York Red Bulls Autism Awareness Night
Harrison, NJ

The New York Red Bulls were proud to partner with three organizations for Autism Awareness Night on April 17th. Download “The Guide to the Game” This was a visual story created to help prepare children and adults with autism for a night out at Red Bull Arena by walking them through the full experience in detail ahead of time. For more information, please click here.

Circle of Care Passaic County
Clifton, NJ

Circle of Care (CMO) of Passaic County hosted a fundraiser to spread autism awareness at El Mexicano Restaurant in Clifton, NJ. They boasted good food, dancing and company! Learn more>>

Library Display
Hammonton, NJ

Carol Slemmer created this awesome library display at the Hammonton Library. Way to go Carol!

Allendale Bar & Grille Autism Friendly Day

Allendale, NJ

The Allendale Bar and Grill (AB&G) played host to "Autism Friendly Day" on Tuesday, April 14 in which families, friends and the community at large were invited to learn more about autism during lunch and dinner. The day coincides with April serving as Autism Awareness Month. Thank you for supporting the autism community! Learn more>>

2nd Annual Autism Awareness Health Fair

Scotch Plains, NJ

This health fair was held on April 25, 2015 from 9am to 3pm at the Robert Wood Johnson Fitness and Wellness Center in Scotch Plains, NJ. Participants came to learn about karate, reiki, self-care management and more. Thank you for your hard work!

Autism Awareness at Church Zion
Philadelphia, PA

Iglesia Sion/Church Zion raised autism awareness on Sunday, April 12 at 635 W. Roosevelt Blvd in Philadelphia. Learn more>>

Arcade for Autism
Keansburg, NJ

Keansburg celebrated with an evening of skeeball and arcade games to support Autism New Jersey.  Learn more>>

Jamberry Nails Autism Awareness Fundraiser
Christy Munyon

Jamberry Nails are vinyl nail wraps that last up to two weeks on your fingernails! Through this fundraiser, they donated 10% of all sales to Autism NJ. Learn more>>

Yo for Autism
Evelyn Delgado

What a great day, enjoying some frosty treats at a fundraiser for Autism NJ at YoDelight in Woodbridge. Between this fundraiser and other events held in the community, Evelyn helped raise $520.22 Nice work!

Alma Grace Avanzado
Jersey City, NJ

Alma hosted a Dress Down Day on April 2 & 9 to raise funds for autism awareness. Amount raised: $100.00 Thanks Alma!

Geocaching for Autism
Leah Carter

Ambassador Leah Carter placed numerous caches around town with facts about Autism during the month of April. Thank you for spreading awareness Leah!

Burger Express, Station Tavern & Valiant Home Remodelers Fundraiser for Autism Awareness

Carteret, NJ

Burger Express and Station Tavern gave a portion of every patrons' order during every Monday in the month of April back to Autism New Jersey. Thank you for doing your part to raise funds and spread awareness! Learn more>>

Georgies Bar 1st Annual Autism Awareness Benefit

David Hoffman, Michelle Cole Murphy, Lady Marisa & Christy Girlington

On Sunday, April 12th, the 1st Annual Autism Awareness Benefit was held at Georgies Bar in Asbury Park, NJ. There was a delicious buffet, 50/50 raffle, live DJ and more! Thank you for all your hard work to plan this event!
Amount raised:  $1,700.00

Dance for Autism
Summit, NJ

Dance instructor, Ashley Yospin, led a dance fundraiser for autism awareness! Held at the LCJSMS Main Gym, $10 to participate. Learn more>>


Lacrosse Game to Support Autism Awareness

Jackson, NJ

The Jackson Memorial and Jackson Liberty boys lacrosse teams played in an autism awareness game on Friday, April 24 at Jackson Liberty High School. Jackson Liberty boys lacrosse coach, Anthony Dzienkiewicz, is a special education teacher at Jackson Liberty and serves as an ambassador for Autism New Jersey.

"The opportunity to compete for a cause combines our passion for lacrosse with our desire to support autism awareness. We strongly believe in classroom, competition and character in all of our student athletes," Dzienkiewicz said. "With April being Autism Awareness Month, we have chosen to represent Lacrosse For Autism and support the Autism NJ Organization. "

Amount raised:  $2,525.00

Learn more>>


Ambassador Patty Barnish

Patty recruited local business to participate in raising awareness throughout April. Thank you, Patty for your commitment to connecting the pieces in your community!

  • Awareness Pops at Frank’s Pizzeria - Manville, NJ
    Frank’s Pizzeria sold autism awareness lollipops to raise funds for Autism New Jersey.
  • Awareness is Beautiful - Hair Salon Hillsborough, NJ
    A hair Salon in Hillsborough participated in autism awareness month by offering blue hair extensions for the month of April to raise funds for Autism New Jersey. Check back soon for more information.

Fidelity Investments
Jersey City, NJ

Fidelity Investments held a Jeans Day for autism awareness. Amount raised: $1,110. Thank you everyone!

Club Energy 22 Dance Event
Scotch Plains NJ

Club Energy 22 was proud to host a multifaceted dance event to benefit Autism New Jersey on April 25th! Amount raised: $805.00 Way to go!

Whitestone Associates
Manalapan, NJ

Michelle Ciano hit the ground running and spear headed an awareness Dress Down Day with her company on Thursday, April 16th. Amount raised: $200.00 Thank you Michelle!

Ann-Marie Polites
Rutherford, NJ

Ann-Marie and her co-workers wore autism awareness T-shirts on April 2, World Autism Day

R.E.A.L.I.S.E Autism Awareness Library Event
Cedar Grove, NJ

R.E.A.L.I.S.E. (Realizing Excellence for Alternative Learners In Special Education) held an autism awareness event on April 1st, offering participants information and resources about autism.

Autism Workshop
Paramus, NJ

A free workshop session organized by Connie Boanrigo! These speakers were present: Dr. Elizabeth Roberts, NYU, Sandy Shumar and the Alpine Learning Group – Outreach! Learn more>>

Meyer & Depew Company
Kenilworth, NJ

Ginny Kelly held a Meyer & Depew Co. autism awareness fundraiser, they raised $1,605.00. Thank you!

Morgan Stanley- Western NJ Complex
Morristown, NJ

Karen Dinolo sent in an autism awareness donation on behalf of the Morgan Stanley- Western NJ Complex.
Amount raised: $880.00 Thank you!

Rowan University
Glassboro, NJ

Italian-American Club’s Autism Awareness Benefit raised money for Autism New Jersey.
Amount raised: $800.00 Nice work!

Ryan Corbo
Flemington, NJ

Ryan organized an online fundraiser to benefit Autism New Jersey.
Amount raised: $525.00 Thanks Ryan!

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
Rochester, NY

This donation was sent in on behalf of Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
Amount raised: $480.00 Thank for organizing this fundraiser!

BioScrip Infusion Services, LLC
Morris Plains, NJ

Sharon Mazzanna organized a Staff Fundraiser at BioScrip Infusion Services, LLC.
Amount raised: $370.00 Great job!

Amy Dahn
Roseland, NJ

Amy organized a Dress Down Day, Workshops, Autism Trivia, Puzzle Run and a Lucky Tray Day.
Amount raised: $258.00 Thanks Amy!

Southern Ocean County Hospital
Manahawkin, NJ

Southern Ocean County Hospital sent in a donation on behalf of the hospital.
Amount raised: $250.00 Thank you for your support!

Janet Coppola
West Orange, NJ

Janet raised $100 for autism awareness.
Amount raised: $100.00 Way to go!

Ysaura Rivera
Lake Hiawatha, NJ

Ysaura held a Mary Kay Cosmetics Fundraiser.
Amount raised: $86.40 Thank for organizing this fundraiser!

Joliza Pucci
New York, NY

Joliza donated through an online fundraising platform.
Amount raised: $50.00 Thanks Joliza!

Sherrill DeGenova
Flemington, NJ

Sherrill made an autism awareness donation.
Amount raised: $45.00 Great work Sherrill!

Charles and Lisa Jantz
Trenton, NJ

Charles and Lisa sent in an autism awareness donation for $25.
Amount raised: $25.00 Thank you both!

Michael Sheriff
Waldwick, NJ

Michael make an online autism awareness donation.
Amount raised: $25.00 Thanks for your support!

Nicole Rasavage
Bridgewater, NJ

Nicole made an autism awareness donation.
Amount raised: $24.00 Nice work!

Stephanie Weeks
Browns Mills, NJ

Stephanie made an additional autism awareness donation while purchasing autism awareness items.
Amount raised: $5.00 Thanks Stephanie!

Middletown, NJ

Sandra Lopez held a fundraiser at the AT&T branch in Middletown.
Amount raised: $300.00 Thanks Sandra!

TD Bank Mt. Laurel Commercial Loan Servicing
Mt. Laurel, NJ

Marina Campo collected AA donations from her workplace. Amount raised: $445.00 Thanks to Marina and our friends at TD Bank!

Ocean Twp. PBA Local #371
Waretown, NJ

The Ocean Twp. PBA #371 and All State Championship Wrestling Fundraiser was held at the local school. All of the local special education classes and the local Special Olympics were given free tickets to attend the event. Amount raised: $2,384.38 Nice work!

Sabrina Leshnower
Colonia, NJ

Sabrina hosted a KEEP Collective AA Fundraiser and raised 
$70.00 for autism awareness month. Thanks Sabrina!

Christ Episcopal Church Inc.
Budd Lake, NJ

Elizabeth Huxtable organized her church's annual yard sale that was held on September 9th, 2015. This fundraiser gathered funds for all children with special needs. Amount raised: $240.00 Thank you for your work in the community!

Last updated 10/28/15


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