FANWOOD, NJ – Families from Scotch Plains and Fanwood gathered in support of Autism Awareness on Saturday, raising funds all the while enjoying multiple live bands, delicious food, activities and games at Lagrande Park.

The event was the brainchild of 14-year-old Mallory Banks, who has held countless annual bake sales dedicated to her brother, Ethan, to raise money for autism awareness.

The Banks family was joined by members Fanwood’s police department and fire department, as well as council members Tom Kranz, Kathy Mitchell, Jack Molenaar, Mayor Colleen Mahr, along with Mayor Kevin Glover township manager Al Mirabella of Scotch Plains.

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Henna tattoos, baked goods, on-hand arts from Be Craftful, an obstacle course and fresh slices from Nick’s Pizza kept children of all ages busy all day long.

Gift baskets from local businesses were awarded to raffle winners, while every dollar raised was donated to Autism New Jersey.