LOCAL FAMILIES RAISE MORE THAN $12,500 FOR AUTISM MVP FOUNDATION'S PROGRAMS DURING AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH
April was Autism Awareness month and local non-profit, Autism MVP Foundation, is making a big impact all year long for children on the spectrum in New Jersey. Now in its third year, the foundation has partnered with Monmouth University on a groundbreaking "Autism Program Improvement Project" program where leaders in the University’s School of Education work with teachers in local school districts to better help children on the autism spectrum. This type of formal training is a need that is not being widely met and is endorsed by the New Jersey Department of Education.
On Saturday, April 29, The Autism MVP Foundation hosted its 2nd Annual Brewing Awareness for Autism Fundraiser at Beach Haus Brewery in Belmar, NJ. The group had 180 people in attendance and raised more than $12,500 to fund initiatives for the non-profit including the groundbreaking program with Monmouth University. The event was made possible by local sponsors: Circle BMW, Circle Hyundai, 94.3 The Point, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, and Barger & Gaines.
The Autism MVP Foundation, is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Keith Green of Little Silver, N.J. who, along with his wife Donna, have been inspired by their young son with autism and the educators and therapists who have helped make a difference in their lives. The foundation is committed to honoring and recognizing and the most valuable autism-focused educators, therapists and other professionals, and creating new autism programs to help children in area schools and communities.
Update: Hi everyone- a couple of reminders for the Walk tomorrow: First, we are walking rain or shine, although the forecast is steadily improving Saturday afternoon! (It looks like we'll get just a drizzle, if that). Also, pre-registration is now closed, but we will still accept walk-ups on-site. Note that we will do our best to accommodate the t-shirt size for walk-ups, but there are no guarantees we will have your size left due to the late surge of registrations.
The third annual Autism MVP Foundation Walk Event is set for Sunday, November 5 with a new location- the Manasquan Boardwalk, in Manasquan, New Jersey. Please join us for a great day of family fun, as we raise money for our programs, including our scholarship program launching later this year and a ground breaking initiative called the Autism Program Improvement Project, which is led by Monmouth University's Department of Education and entering its second year in area school districts.
All walkers will receive a t-shirt, and there will be cider and donuts provided by Delicious Orchards. And thanks to our new partner, Leggett's Sand Bar, there will be a free food buffet (drinks not included) immediately following the Walk as part of your registration. (Be sure to stay and join us for Sunday football!). Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the no-pressure, 2-mile walk will start at 11:00 a.m. We'll have activities for the kids and special surprises for everyone! Registration is $30 for adults, $20 for students and $10 for children 12 and under.
A special thanks to Platinum Sponsor Circle BMW, as well as Circle Hyundai, All State Agent Vince Scanelli, The Allied Group, Hackensack Meridian Health K Hovanian Children's Hospital, OceanFirst Bank, Leggett's Sandbar, our friends "Gra and Nonno" and WRAT 95.9 FM which have already committed to sponsoring the event. We are still seeking other companies to support the event to make it even bigger and better than our first two years! Anyone interested in sponsoring the event should call Keith Green at 732-870-7977 or contact him via email at kgreen AT autismmvp dot org.
The Autism Program Improvement Project at Monmouth University that is funded by the foundation is a unique program where educators and paraprofessionals in area school districts are receive further, in-school training on how to work with children on the autism spectrum. The program is endorsed by the New Jersey Department of Education.
The foundation's scholarship initiative will support college students who are interested in pursuing a career that will ultimately help students and adults with autism, and are studying or plan to study speech therapy, occupational therapy, applied behavior analysis, physical therapy and other fields related to improving the lives of those on the autism spectrum.