Third Annual Walk Event Raises More than $14,000

More than 250 members of our community joined the Autism MVP Foundation for their third annual walk on Sunday, November 5th.  Together, with sponsors: Circle BMW, Circle Hyundai, Allstate Agent Vincent Scanelli, The Allied Group, Hackensack Meridian Health K. Hovanian Children's Hospital, OceanFirst Bank, WRAT 95.9 FM and Leggett's Sand Bar, they raise more than $14,000 for the foundation's initiatives to help close the gap in educational and social services for children on the spectrum.
Dozens of educators, therapists, and volunteers, also attended this year’s walk.  The Autism MVP Foundation supports a ground breaking program with Monmouth University called theAutism Program Improvement Project in area schools.  The program started as a pilot in Matawan and has since grown to include five districts and enhanced training for nearly 40 teachers who have students with autism.
Attendees enjoyed a day of family fun with activities for kids, a no-pressure two mile walk along the Manasquan boardwalk and a post-event celebration at Leggett's Sand Bar complete with complimentary lunch.

Third Annual Walk Event Set for Sunday, November 5 2017 at Manasquan Boardwalk

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.

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Third Annual Brewing Awareness for Autism is set for Saturday, April 21 at Beach Haus Brewery

*Live music, an amazing silent auction, a BBQ buffet & beer, all for just $55!*

It's time for our third annual "Brewing Awarness for Autism" event! If you've attended the past two events, you know how much fun it is and how its grown- from 80 people in 2016, to 200 in 2017, so get your tickets today!

For only $55, your ticket includes a BBQ buffet, beer from the Beach Haus Brewery and live entertainment from the Paul Marino band. We'll also have a silent auction featuring great gift baskets and sports and entertainment prize packages.  Items include a Kate Spade purse, fabulous women's jewelry, tickets for the Yankees, Mets, Phillies, Dover International Speedway and the Donna Summer Experience on Broadway, restaurant gift cards, a gift basket from Monmouth University and much more!

Also, we will again feature a gallery of photographs for purchase entitled "Through a Different Lens." The gallery is a series of photographs taken by students who are on the autism spectrum. Vote here to pick your favorite photo from each of the five photographers that will be auctioned off at the event. 

This event is popular because it's fun, is great value for attendees and supports the Autism MVP Foundation's initiatives, including the groundbreaking Autism Program Improvement Project led by Monmouth University.  The program started as a pilot in the Matawan School District 18 months ago and now includes five districts. Through this initiative, nearly 40 teachers who have students with autism are receiving in-school, enhanced training and techniques on how to work with students on the spectrum. The program is believed to be the first of its kind in the country.

Many thanks to our sponsors for their incredible financial and promotional support: Circle Hyundai, Circle BMW, Hackensack Meridian Health K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital, The Allied Group-Renovation Experts, Abatare Builders and 94.3 FM The Point, which will again have DJ Matt Ryan with us that evening to help emcee the event. 

If you can't make the event, there are other ways you can help. You can make a donation any time via our website or you can shop! You are probably aware that April is "Autism Awareness Month." Two friends of the Autism MVP Foundation are hosting online shopping experiences this month and with any product you buy, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Autism MVP Foundation. Follow this link for a Stella & Dot online trunk show which runs until April 21 as well as this online Beauty Counter event.  

This event is also held in conjunction with Autism Awareness Month, so please consider joining us for a night of fun, food, drink and dancing, all to support a great cause!