Attendees of the Autism Society of Alabama’s 22nd Annual Autism Shines Gala at Regions Field will experience the sounds and spirit of Cuba.
The “Havana Nights” gala, set for Aug. 17, will offer Latin-inspired music, tropical décor, signature cocktails by Redmont Distillery and a five-minute salsa instruction by autism self-advocate John Delancy.
“Each year, the event highlights an individual with autism who has an extraordinary talent,’ said ASA Development Director Lauren Reid. “After our committee decided on the 2019 theme, John was an easy choice because of his skill on the dance floor.”
In addition to festivities involving flavorful food, auction packages and music by DJ Prez, the ASA will recognize its President and Community Partner Awards winners.
“These awards not only show our gratitude to the recipients, but we also hope to inspire others to make a difference in the life of a person with autism,” said Bama Hager, ASA program adviser and advocate. “Whether it’s befriending someone with autism or launching a new program in his/her town for autism families, it will make a profound impact on others.”
Funds raised at the event will benefit the 70,000 autism families in Alabama who benefit from the ASA’s work to improve services for individuals living with autism and their families through education and advocacy.
For more information, visit autismshinesgala.com.
– Emily Williams