TCI’s Hall of Fame Dinner Raises Funds for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

On Thursday, November 19th , The Children’s Institute (TCI) will host its 2nd annual Hall of Fame Dinner at The Park Savoy in Florham Park NJ. This year’s Corporate Honoree is Alan D. Sobel, CPA, Managing Member of Sobel & Company LLC in Livingston.  The Humanitarian Honorees are Dr. E. Belvin Williams and Bella D. August, MSW, Founders of the Benjamin M. Imbrogno Memorial Fund at TCI’s Center for Independence (CFI). TCI is privileged to celebrate these honorees for their selfless commitment to improving the lives of individuals on autism spectrum.

By serving on the TCI Board of Directors since 1991, Alan Sobel continues to play an important role in helping the non-profit achieve its mission of providing outstanding academic, social, behavioral, communication, life and career skills development for children, adolescents and adults with autism and related disabilities.  During his board tenure, including eight years as President, Sobel has helped create significant growth, such as finalizing TCI’s critical move from Livingston to Verona, recognizing the importance of a creating a separate high school and assisting in the purchase of a permanent home for the high school. He brings a combination of insider knowledge, a business owner’s perspective, and a depth of expertise in governance and financial concerns that remains an invaluable asset for TCI.

Williams and August are the founders of the Benjamin Imbrogno Memorial Fund at CFI, which was created in loving memory of their grandson. This fund provides direct assistance to CFI’s adults, allowing them to participate some program activities, such as respite and camp, which they might not otherwise be able to afford. In addition, Williams was instrumental in assisting TCI with financing the purchase of its Verona campus, and has recently joined the Board of Directors.

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Guests at the Hall of Fame Dinner will enjoy a sumptuous cocktail hour and dinner buffet, music and dazzling silent and live auction offerings. Most importantly, they will have the opportunity to thank our honorees for their dedication and commitment to individuals with autism.  TCI hopes to raise $100,000 in support of its programs and services that are not paid for by tuition or state funding, such as over-night trips, after-school programs, and scouting, These activities, as well as other programs, provide opportunities for TCI’s students to develop social, vocational and recreational skills as well as encourage integration in the community with typical peers. This event would not be possible without our many loyal sponsors including, C.R. Bard, Conti, Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office and Sobel & Co., LLC.

To learn more about attending the Hall of Fame Dinner, to make a donation, or to get involved, please visit our event website. To learn more about The Children’s Institute, please contact Jennifer Miller, Public Information Officer at 973.509.3050 ext. 271 or

About The Children’s Institute (TCI)

For more than 50 years, TCI has been a pioneer in serving individuals with special learning needs. Today, TCI includes two non-profit schools, approved by the New Jersey State Board of Education, which serve children from ages 3-21 on the autism spectrum and with related disabilities, and The Center for Independence, a program for adults over 21, approved by the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities and the NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. TCI is committed to developing the academic, social, behavioral, communication, life and career skills of children, young adults, and adults on the autism spectrum.

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