On a beautiful late April evening (pictured on left), Autism Pensacola held the 13th Annual Connecting the Pieces Gala at Sanders Beach Community Center. Once again, Pensacola’s finest chefs donated their time and talent to treat our guests to an evening of fun, celebrat- ing acceptance of those with autism.
This year, a new format welcomed guests to a strolling ‘cocktail dinner’ where they enjoyed over 10 tasty offerings. Another fun treat was the excitement of six celebrity auctioneers who worked the crowd to raise much needed funds for API. Autistic individuals were highlighted through the night. Allen Fink treated us to a trombone solo for the National Anthem, and original artwork on our program was created by Micah Lapen.
Hosts Amie & Scott Remington and Justin & Kristin Beck were thrilled to exceed this year’s financial goal. More than $170,000 was raised which funded our largest summer learning lab ever. API is so grateful to all the many volun- teers and donors who made this event possible.
Through the successful fundraising of the gala, API was able to run its 10th Kids for Camp Summer Learning Lab. This summer more than 90 autistic campers had the chance to learn and grow in this fun-filled environment.
Sixty staff members increased their skills, refining best-practice techniques for working with those with autism.
Thirty families received significant financial aid (discounted tuition of 75% or higher) because of the success of our gala.
What a difference our generous community makes! Thank you, Pensacola!