By Emily Williams
Glenwood is growing each year thanks to an ongoing $10 million capital campaign that has been funding a variety of expansion projects to help further the organization’s Renowned Care Renewed Hope mission.
Each project is designed to further help the organization’s participants – adults and children with autism spectrum disorder – live their lives as independently as possible.
After recently completing a renovation of the new Avondale campus, an education and early intervention center, Glenwood has a lot to celebrate at the 15th annual A Night Under the Big Top, an event hosted by the junior board at The Club on Feb. 22.
The funds raised at the event will support the organization’s children’s services, said Julie Luker, Glenwood’s communications manager. More than 700 guests are expected to attend the event.
“The prevalence of autism is increasing at an extraordinary rate, and the need for services is great,” Luker said.
The new Avondale children’s educational center campus office opened in 2018, according to Luker, and an outpatient center is expected to open in the area this Spring. Once renovations are completed, the facility will begin providing diagnostic intervention services, outpatient therapies and autism training programs for professionals such as health care workers and teachers.
Those who attend the Feb. 22 event will have the opportunity to celebrate the organization’s success. Festivities include music by Total Assets, a large selection of silent auction items and a silent disco with DJ Mark AD and Silent Storm, which has become an event tradition for the past four years.
“With the growth and expansion of services, annual operating expenses have increased,” Luker said. “Success of events like Big Top are more important than ever to continue to provide crucial services for children with autism and their families.”
For more information, visit glenwood.org/bigtop.