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Rockin’ for Autism Presents $13,000 Check to Autism New Jersey in Fanwood

Rockin' for Autism check presentation party was held at Sheelen's Crossing on Tuesday, June 6, in Fanwood. Credits: Tom Kranz
Mallory Banks and Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr display an oversized check for $13,050 for Autism NJ. Credits: Tom Kranz
Rockin' for Autism committee members Credits: Tom Kranz
Officer Dan Kranz (left) and Lt. Francisco Marrero (right) of the Fanwood Police Department present a donation from the Fanwood PBA. Credits: Tom Kranz
Gina Banks, Colleen Mahr, and Jeff Banks Credits: Tom Kranz
Mallory Banks and Lt. Francisco Marrero of the Fanwood Police Department. Credits: Tom Kranz
Mallory Banks and TAPintoSPF editor John Mooney Credits: Tom Kranz
Check presentation Credits: Tom Kranz

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Banks Family, organizers of the Rockin’ for Autism fundraiser in Fanwood on April 19, hosted a check presentation party at Sheelen's Crossing, where they presented Autism New Jersey with a check for $13,050 from the Rockin’ for Autism committee.

Last year's event brought in over $10,000. This year, the fundraiser featured a quiet room, therapy dogs, the Sheelen’s Crossing Beer Garden, and food vendors including Red, White & Que, Nick's Pizza, Rocko's Ice Cream and the soon-to-open Fanwood Grille. The vendors donated a portion of their proceeds from food sales to the cause. Additionally, more than 85 merchants contributed goods and services valued at over $13,600, which contributed to our Tricky Tray merchant raffle sales.

Rockin’ for Autism committee thanked the Caped Crusader from the DLJ Show who greeted children and adults all day. the Fanwood police and public works departments, Child’s Play Challenge Courses, which made kids happy and also donated over $1,000, and the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School baseball team, which helped with the set-up of the festival.  

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"None of this would have been possible without Mayor Mahr and the town of Fanwood," said Mallory Banks, a Junior Autism Ambassador for 6 years and founder of the Rockin' for Autism event. "Each year, we do a little bit more and raise more money. This year was our best year ever!"  

"We know that the money will help with programs and services for kids with autism and their families in the state of New Jersey. Thank you and congratulations to everyone on the committee who helped make this event possible," Banks added. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.

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