Arts for autism Gala

07 Nov

by Yulia Mikhalchuk

Arts For Autism Gala was an evening to celebrate kids, adolescents and adults with autism, to recognize their talents and achievements. Proceeds raised at that event will benefit families in Northern Virginia with mini-grants offered through Autism Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV). As you may know, some things that seem very easy to do for non-autistic people, might be very challenging and nerve-racking for autistic ones, especially kids, and that’s why Autism Society runway show was such a tremendous success and was always¬† praised with loud and warm applauds. There was also adult runway show, where over 50 champion fundraisers demonstrated designer clothes, and at the end of the night two best ones (male and female) were awarded with special prizes.

The jewel of the night was 9 year old Matthew Cahill, who performed, for his very first time onstage, “Don’t stop believing” song. Finally, it seemed like all attention was where it was supposed to be, and not distracted by open bar. See this overwhelming success for yourself:

DON’T STOP BELIEVING. That’s a motto for Arts for Autism.

Executive director of ASNV Kymberly DeLoatche

Julia Cartwright, participant of Autism Society's runway show

Autism Society's runway show participant with his special friend

Kentrell Herres performed "Old Man river" from the musical Showboat

DJ Kalkutta

Matthew Cahill and his mom

Adult runway show

Gala director Paola Quiroz and her daughter rock fundraising runway

You can see whole gallery of pictures here


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