FANWOOD, NJ — The Banks family, organizers of the annual Rockin' For Autism festival at LaGrande Park in Fanwood, presented a check for $17,500 to Autism New Jersey on Tuesday, June 5, at Sheelen's Crossing.
The money was raised during the music festival in April and several other events. The fundraising efforts began nine years ago when Mallory Banks, seen on the right side of the check, decided to sell baked goods in the name of her brother Ethan (red t-shirt) who has autism.
Those bake sales, which raised a few hundred dollars, have grown to an event that takes almost a year to organize with the help of her mom, Gina Banks (black top next to Ethan) and dad Jeff Banks (purple shirt behind Mallory).
Mayor Colleen Mahr (far left) represented the Borough of Fanwood, which renders assistance for the LaGrande Park event. Accepting on behalf of Autism New Jersey was Ellen Schisler, Associate Executive Director (black and white striped shirt). Also presenting a check for $250 to Autism New Jersey on behalf of the Fanwood PBA were Lt. Frank Marrero and Officer Dan Kranz.