Eden Dreams of Transformation raises $250,000 for individuals with autism

After being held virtually for two years, Eden Autism’s annual fundraising gala returned to Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton.

This year’s event, Eden Dreams of Transformation, raised over $250,000 to help support Eden’s programs for children, adults, and families who are touched by autism.

“Oh, what a night! Energy, enthusiasm, and excitement filled the room the entire evening,” said Dreams Chair Dr. Maribeth Edmunds. “Thanks so much to all involved and a special thank you to the Dreams committee, as well as Chief Development Officer Melinda McAleer and her development team, for their tireless work to make Eden Dreams of Transformation a huge success.”

The event’s theme celebrated the transformation of the students and participants at Eden. Every individual, whether child or adult, begins their Eden journey having unique abilities and challenges. With the support of teachers and direct support staff, they develop new skills, gain confidence, and attain more and more independence.

The evening’s fundraising culminated with a compelling video featuring the transformation of one of our high school students. Since joining Eden a few years ago, Shriya has developed communication skills that enabled her to lead a more independent life and acquired life skills that parents of neurotypical high schoolers take for granted. “Guests were clearly moved by Shriya. That she and her parents helped to raise $250,000 by sharing their story is a testament to the importance of Eden’s work and the generosity of our community,” said Melinda McAleer, Eden’s Chief Development Officer.

The Eden Dreams gala is held every January to raise funds to support Eden’s programs and services for children and adults with autism and their families. Our mission is to improve the lives of people with autism one individual at a time, one family at a time, one community at a time. To learn more, visit