ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment) brought together some 150 locals raising a net amount of $40,000 Saturday in Newport Beach. The funds will be directed to military families with autistic children in need of treatment not available through standard government insurance.
"The goal of this fundraising campaign is to build public awareness of the unique challenges of the military family impacted by autism and to raise funds for the treatments and services these children urgently need today," said commented Vanessa Showalter, president of the ACT Today!
Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson, executive director of ACT Today! added, "Our goal is to raise $1 million to help fund treatment for the 1 in 88 military children who have been diagnosed with autism."
The Interior Design Institute, Newport Beach, held its 2010 Graduation Awards Ceremony on July 24 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel. More than 500 guests converged on the grand ballroom for the lively event, which featured noted designer Roger Thomas, executive vice president of Design for Wynn Design and Development.