In celebration of Autism Awareness Month, the Autism Society of Palm Beach/Martin County is hosting a new FUNdraiser for the entire family – The Palm Beach Autism Festival Presented by The Eppy Group, The Palm Beach Kennel Club and The Slomin Family Center. This unique one-of-a-kind event will be Friday, April 18 from 6-10 p.m. at Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens.
The event kicks-off with a free screening of “A Teens Guide to Understanding And Communicating With People on The Autism Spectrum” at 6 p.m. at the Cobb Theatres. This 14 minute documentary is told through the eyes of Alexandra Jackman, a 14 year old student filmmaker. Jackman will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening.
Following the screening head to Center Courte, for an up close animal encounter and show at 6:30 presented by Busch Wildlife. Then at 7 pm enjoy live music by Harold Seay, the Boogie Shoes Man and original member of K.C. & The Sunshine Band.
The entire community will enjoy a festival atmosphere with activities for those on the autism spectrum or not. For the little ones (2-6) enjoy face painting, clowns, carousal and train rides, and fun and games at Cool Bean’s Indoor Playground as the first 50 kids under 6 get in free from 6-8 p.m. A dedicated section with special sensory options will be available for those children with special needs.
For the older kids (6-14) enjoy a site-wide scavenger hunt, a kids club area presented by Home Depot, candle making, wax hand making and pottery. And let’s not forget the adults, participate in a wild Chinese Auction and relax in the sip and savor area. Plus enjoy a Mini-Art Festival by artists from “Artists with Autism”, interactive vendor booths.
“This family friendly festival will appeal to the taste and interest of children, parents and everyone involved,” said Terri Neil, Autism Society Palm Beach/Martin County President. “We encourage the community to come out enjoy a night out together and support the Society in celebration of Autism Awareness Month!”
Sponsors of the event include The Eppy Group, Palm Beach Kennel Club, The Slomin Family Center, NewsChannel 5, Macaroni Kid, The Berman Law Group, Proforma DHJ Promotions, Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart and Shipley, FAU CARD, WAY-FM and Downtown at the Gardens. Funds raised at the event will enable the Society to host support groups, provide more educational outreach and to maintain a local resource database to assist those affected by autism.