February 16, 2010 — The Tropical Nights Kick Off Party to benefit University of Miami - Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD) will be held on Thursday, March 4, at the fratelli Lyon driade enoteca + ristorante, at 4141 NE 2nd Avenue, in Miami’s chic Design District. The event is the launch for the Center’s main fundraising event of the year.
UM-NSU CARD is a South Florida non-profit committed to providing free educational support, outreach services, and family guidance to children and adults of all levels of intellectual functioning who have autism spectrum disorders. Services for families throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe Counties include programmatic technical assistance and consultation, parent and professional training programs, family support and public awareness activities. UM-NSU CARD also participates in research in a variety of disciplines to better understand the causes of the disorder.
The 7th annual event will be presented by Odebrecht and will feature sumptuous antipasti hors d’oeuvres from fratelli Lyon driade as well as cocktails and drinks courtesy of Southern Wine and Spirits of America and Gold Coast Beverage and wine from H. Stagnari.
“This event’s success is largely due to the great collaboration and underwriting we receive from our corporate sponsors, media, volunteers, community leaders and our CARD constituents,” says Dr. Michael Alessandri, UM-NSU CARD’s Executive Director. For more information about the event call 305-284-9126 or visit online at: http://www.cardtropicalnights.org. Map and driving directions available at http://www.fratelliLyondriade.com.
The UM-NSU CARD is housed in the University of Miami Department of Psychology and at Nova Southeastern University Programs in Speech, Language & Communication. It is a resource and support program dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism and related disabilities including deaf-blindness and pervasive developmental disorders. While its main funding comes from the State of Florida, significant private donations help maintain services to an ever-increasing population of individuals affected by autism.
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 the 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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