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Autism Speaks Fundraiser at The Chelsea at Fanwood

Autism Speaks Fundraiser
Standing: Roger Bernier, COO Chelsea Senior Living; Linda Caminiti, Director of Marketing; Mike Levine, Vice President of Sales Sitting: Jennifer Ricci, Executive Director of Chelsea at Fanwood; Lauren Suske, Marketing Assistant
Blues musician Cosmo Iacavazzi

FANWOOD:   Thursday night The Chelsea at Fanwood hosted A Night of Blue to benefit Autism Speaks. There were blue balloons, blue cocktails and blue hors d’oeuvres. The evening featured musician Cosmo Iacavazzi, signing his original blues songs.

Each of the 17 Chelsea locations is doing a fundraiser for autism, raising awareness of Autism Speaks.

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. 

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Linda Caminiti, the Director of Community Relations at The Chelsea at Fanwood, described the supportive housing being built by Chelsea in Warren. It will house adults with autism and developmental disabilities. “There is very little housing like this in the North East, so we are really excited” said Linda.

Linda’s colleague Lauren Suske, the Marketing Assistant , has autistic twins that are ten years old. Lauren came up with the idea of doing a blues night as a fundraiser. There were blue cosmos and a theme of blue running through the evening. The suggested donation was $10.00. The evening was a real success. 

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