Northborough, MA, April 08, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Friendship Network to host art for Autism
Silent art auction and informative presentation to benefit local nonprofit organization.
The Friendship Network for Children, Inc., announces Art for Autism, a fundraising event on Saturday April 27th at Parish Hall, 40 Church St, Northborough, MA from 1:00-3:30pm. The nonprofit organization provides counseling, groups and advocacy for children and teens with autism. Local residents and internationally recognized artists Andy and Veronica Fish donated art to support the silent art auction. Artwork from professional painters such as Littorio Del Signore, sculptures, potters, photographers and artisans will also be auctioned. All that attend will get the chance to win the door prize; an ipad mini.
April is Autism Awareness Month and The Friendship Network has a unique perspective to share. “We want to see life from the child’s perspective. Many people focus mainly on symptoms; as a mental health organization we work at a much deeper level and always accept them for who they are,” says Nancy Swanberg, long time Worcester county resident and Executive Director of The Friendship Network. Swanberg said she founded this organization because of the extreme loneliness and isolation that often goes unrecognized and untreated in children with autism. “We want to challenge stereotypes about autism and help these children make authentic connections.”
The Friendship Network’s advocacy group – The Student-to-Student Autism Connection – will be giving a presentation at the event about their personal experiences with Autism. This program was created four years ago with the guidance of Nancy Swanberg and local Autistic teenager Wesley White. Money raised from Art for Autism is needed to continue helping Autistic children in the local community.
Other features of the day include a raffle with items such as: a Boston Bruins hockey puck autographed by Nathan Horton, a Boston Red Sox baseball autographed by Clay Buchholz, a Bose radio dock, gift certificates, jewelry and more. There will also be an interactive art experience to increase connection among participants as well as refreshments donated by Lolli Cakes and a door prize.
For more information please contact Kimberly Welch at 508-393-0030 or Kim@networkforchildren.org. To learn more visit the Friendship Network’s website www.networkforchildren.org.