Photo by Kate MichaelDJ Kirk McEwen of Classic Rock Radio 105.9 The Edge and special guests including Miss DC 2010, Stephanie Williams and H.E. Nelson Lewis, two time Emmy award winning Fox News producer, currently staff columnist for Rolling Stone, and Special Arts Ambassador at the Bahamas Embassy hosted High Rollers for Autism, the 5th Annual Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC) Honors Gala this past Friday at the Bethesda Marriott.
Guests including GBA VP Rokas Beresniovas, Janine Schoonover of Tic Tac Toe Global, Miss DC, Stephanie Ariel Williams, K Street Kate, Kate Michael, Jessica James Golden of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, CSAAC Director of Community Development, Ayda Sanver and CSAAC founder, Jane Salzano, along with many prominent Washingtonians who hit the tables and the dance floor to benefit this worthy cause.
A live auction featured items such as an Eric Clapton signed guitar, airfare and accommodations for four to Santa Fe, NM, trips to Paris, Key West, and San Diego to ride the Stars and Stripes America's Cup Yacht, and jewelry from Adleler Jewelers. Between event donations, auction and ticket sales, the event raised $120,000.
Founded in 1979 through the vision of four families in Montgomery County, Maryland, Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC) is a private, non-profit agency which provides direct services to children and adults with autism across the lifespan. CSAAC’s mission is “to enable individuals with autism to reach their highest potential and contribute as confident individuals to their community.” CSAAC’s founders saw a future where adults with autism lived and worked in the community and not in institutions, and they were the pioneers of this effort. Today, CSAAC is the largest provider in the nation to serve individuals with autism exclusively with comprehensive programs from early childhood through retirement.
CSAAC is a nationally recognized leader in developing state-of-the-art services for people with autism and serves as a model for other agencies developing community based housing, employment, and other related services. CSAAC's Supported Employment program was the first of its kindin the United States and, today, enables many CSAAC individuals to perform jobs within the community and at over 40 different employment locations, including The Gazette Newspapers, TJ Maxx, Todd Allen Printing, Shoppers Food Warehouse, and The Home Depot.
For further information and to donate, log into CSAAC.