Autism Awareness fundraising meal with live entertainment

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Jeremy Riesenberg and wife, Melissa, are shown with Stephanie Beck at the 2011 Autism Awareness event.

"Choose Blue: For Autism Awareness and Advocacy" during World Autism Awareness Month in April. Storm Lake is Choosing Blue as part of Autism Speaks' Light It Up Blue campaign to educate people on the disorder. Autism Speaks is an organization whose mission is to change the future for all who struggle with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Faith, Hope & Charity, the Riesenberg family, and Storm Lake Radio have teamed up to advocate for Autism Awareness in the community. Knowing how hard it is for an outsider to relate to Autism, as well the pain-staking process of finding information and treatment options, these groups want to make a difference in the community.

With the Autism rates on the rise (Autism affects 1 in 110 children and 1 in 70 boys,, more parents than ever will receive the news, "Your child has Autism." Through projects like Light It Up Blue and the Iowa Walk Now for Autism Speaks, parents will have a support system and be able to easily identify the information and tools to raise a child with Autism.

By increasing awareness and highlighting resources provided within the community as well as by national support organizations, children affected by Autism (and their families) can receive the help they need sooner. With the support of the community and families, we can change the future ... Autism does not have to be a silent disorder.

On April 20th, head to Lake Avenue Lounge (downtown Storm Lake) for a $12 fundraising meal which consists of a burger bar, chips, baked beans, coleslaw, coffee and water (starting at 6 p.m.) -- complete with live entertainment and door prizes. Tickets are available at Faith, Hope & Charity, Storm Lake Radio and Storm Lake United.

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And, for more information on Storm Lake's Autism Awareness plans contact Stephanie Beck at Faith, Hope & Charity at 712-732-5127, ext. 102 or

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