BELMAR NJ — After a coastal storm forced its cancellation last year, anticipation is running high for the 15th Annual Autism Beach Bash on Sunday, September 8.
Some 7,000 people are expected to gather on Belmar’s Seventh Avenue for the daylong event, sponsored by Autism Family Services of New Jersey and spearheaded by Belmar-based Colton and Friends — a foundation for autism founded by borough residents Fran and Jeannie Hines.
Billed as the largest gathering of its kind in New Jersey for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families, the free event draws participants from at least 10 others states who “gather in support of one another, to challenge society’s boundaries and most importantly to enjoy a day on the beach free of judgment,” according to the event’s website.
The event will feature a wide array of activities, including arts and crafts, carnival games, a water slide, miniature golf, treasure hunt, face-painting, dance, yoga, massage and live entertainment.
A highlight of the day will be a surf camp with Surfer's Healing, a nonprofit group specializing in working with children with special needs. Throughout the day, children will get the opportunity to ride in a wave with a professional surfer from the California-based organization.
Lunch will be provided free to all registered families by various food sponsors. There also will be informational tables with representatives from local and statewide services and resources for individuals with autism and related disorders.
The Beach Bash will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine. To register, visit www.autismbeachbash.org or call Autism Family Services of New Jersey, an affiliate of The Family Resource Center, at 1-877-237-4477.
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