Joining Together for Autism Awareness at the Third Annual “Autumn Moonlight”

Saturday, October 23rd 2010 ● 7:30 PM ● Ft. Lauderdale-Davie, Florida

FT. Lauderdale (September 29, 2010) — The third annual “Autumn Moonlight” Cocktail Reception to benefit the University of Miami - Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD), will be held on Saturday, October 23, at 7:30 pm at Grande Oaks Golf Club in Davie, Florida. The event will honor Broward community leaders who are dedicated to UM-NSU CARD and help people with autism spectrum disorders: The first honoree is Wren S. Newman, SLP.D., CCC-SLP, associate dean for the Programs in Speech-Language and Communication Disorders of the Fischler School of Education and Human Services at Nova Southeastern University.

The second honoree is the Unicorn Children’s Foundation, an international non-profit organization dedicated to education, awareness and research on behalf of children with learning and communication disorders.

“Autumn Moonlight” will feature open bar courtesy of Bacardi USA, a wonderful array of hors d’oeuvres and sweet nibbles, Donovan Campbell of Channel 7 will be the Master of Ceremony and host the live auction of fabulous items including a one of a kind painting by artist Lisa Botto Lee, VIP ticket packages to Miami Dolphin Football games and vacation packages. Live jazz by Kawan DeBose will have the crowd dancing the night away. It is a night guaranteed to leave attendees, including Autumn Moonlight Honorary Chairs Jeff and Rachel Ireland, Miami Dolphins Head Coach Tony Sparano and Jeanette Sparano, and NSU President Ray Ferrero, delighted to support the valuable community institution.

The signature event is the major fundraiser for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at Nova Southeastern University, and proceeds will fund free programs, services and research initiatives for the more than 5,400 individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals who serve them in the Broward area.

“The Center for Autism provides much guidance to affected Broward individuals and families,” said Mona Nasser, Autumn Moonlight Chairperson and UM-NSU CARD Constituency Board President. “It is critical to raise money in order to continue funding valuable services for this growing community,” she said. “ Additionally, we are delighted to honor Dr. Wren Newman and the Unicorn Children’s Foundation, who have been devoted CARD and community supporters for so many years,”

UM-NSU CARD is a South Florida non-profit organization committed to providing free family support, outreach, and educational support services to children and adults of all levels of intellectual functioning. The Center provides services for families throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe Counties, which include technical assistance and consultation, parent and professional training programs, and public education activities. UM-NSU CARD supports research in a variety of disciplines to better understand the causes and potential treatments for the disorder.

Tax-deductible sponsorships and tickets are still available. For more information about the event call 305-284-9126 or visit http://www.cardatutmnmoonlight.org

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UM-NSU CARD is a program of the UM Department of Psychology and NSU’s Fischler School of Education and Human Services Programs in Speech, Language & Communication and is a state-funded resource and support program dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, dual sensory impairments (deaf-blindness) and sensory impairments with other disabling conditions. http://www.nsucard.org

The University of Miami’s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of our diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world. http://www.miami.edu.


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University of Miami’s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of our diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world.