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Staff Join Together to Raise Awareness During Autism Awareness Month

The first National Autism Awareness Month occurred in April of 1970. 47 years later, the month of April is still dedicated to raising awareness and educating the public, while celebrating individuals on the spectrum along with their accomplishments.
As a way to put a spotlight on autism while at the same time raise awareness and funds for Eden Autism, our staff came together to create a special month filled with inspiring activities and fundraising events.

kettlebells

April
2nd

The month kicked off with a huge event from our friends at Crossfit Barbending who held a Kettlebells 4 Autism fundraiser on April 2nd, World Autism Day. The event brought together over 200 people and raised over $3,000 for Eden.

peacock-inn

April
6th

Our friends and fellow Eden Employment Partners at the Peacock Inn in Princeton held a “Cocktails for Charity” event for Eden. The evening kicked off a month of fundraising where a featured drink called Edgar’s Elixir would be sold all month long and $6 from each purchase would be donated to Eden.

trenton-punk-rock

April
8th

For Autism Awareness Month, we returned to the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market. The organizers once again donated a table where our adult participants could sell their own handmade bracelets, candles, artwork and t-shirts.

raymour-flanagan

April
15th

Raymour and Flanagan in Lawrenceville graciously opened up the lobby of their store on Saturday, April 15th to hold a fundraising event that raised $650 for Eden.

To commemorate Autism Awareness Month 2017, staff, students and adult participants from all three Eden buildings came together to create our own unique Autism Awareness Trees. Our neighbors at Pinot’s Palette in Forrestal Village created beautiful trees and branches on canvases and presented the artwork to Eden where the trees would then be made complete by creating leaves from our thumbprints in the Eden colors of red, blue, yellow and green. Each building will have their own tree to hang proudly in their lobbies.

fashion-speaks

April
22nd

To finish off the month with a bang, Eden was invited to once again return to Princeton University for their Fashion Speaks: Service in Style event on Saturday, April 22nd. Service in Style is a student organization at Princeton University that was founded 13 years ago by Lauren Bush. Since then, students have partnered every spring with corporations and retailers to bring autism awareness to campus in a professional, large-scale production. This production, a fashion show titled “Fashion Speaks”, is the largest student-run charity event on campus. 100% of the proceeds from the fashion show go to Eden Autism. This year, thanks to their generosity and advocacy, the production completely sold out two shows, and raised over $20,000 for Eden Autism.

Additional events organized by Eden staff, families and friends this month included: BoxTops for Eden, Bake it Up Blue, Trenton Social Event, Chance on Main and Wildflowers Restaurant Inn Fundraiser.

give-backIn keeping with our annual Eden Gives Back theme, Eden also held an Operation Gratitude event as well as baked and delivered treats to our local police and firefighters located in the communities where our adult participants live.