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Mallory Banks Presents $10,000 from Fanwood's Rockin' for Autism Music Festival to Autism NJ

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Jeff Banks checks out the giant check Credits: Tom Kranz
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Left to right: Ellen Schisler, Autism NJ; Jake Sammit, volunteer; Mallory Banks; Allie Weisser, volunteer Credits: Tom Kranz
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(L to R): Ethan Banks; Vanessa White; Gina Banks, Eric Sokolsky, Ellen Schisler, Autism NJ; Mallory Banks; Jeff Banks, Allie and Lisa Weisser, Jake Samitt.   Credits: Tom Kranz
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FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Mallory Banks, 14, a resident of Fanwood, on Tuesday, May 10, presented a check for $10,500 in donations raised during an April music festival at Fanwood's LaGrande Park to Autism New Jersey in the name of her brother, Ethan, who has autism.
 
The check was presented to Ellen Schisler, Director of Development and Marketing for Autism New Jersey, a statewide network of parents and professionals seeking to better the lives of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The presentation was made at the Stage House Restaurant in Scotch Plains, where the Banks family hosted a celebratory dinner.
 
Ms. Banks, with the assistance of her parents, Gina and Jeff Banks, friends and volunteers, has raised more than $20,000 in recent years, beginning with bake sales and culminating in the Rockin' for Autism music festival on April 16th at LaGrande Park, an event that attracted hundreds of people and generated $7,880 on site in donations and raffles. An additional $2,620 was raised online.

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