I wrote the following blog from Embracing Autism's MySpace profile (www.myspace.com/embracingautism):
Our Second Fundraiser
What a wonderful night! We had absolutely beautiful weather, a live broadcast and a ton of people!
We held our second fundraiser at Friendly's in Rochester NH. The staff was incredibly helpful and we were so happy to be there!
It is official, at every event we meet, at least, one more person or family that reminds us why it is so important to be doing what we are doing:
The little boy that signed "Thank You" to us, waved "goodbye" to his balloon and brought tears to many of our eyes.
The woman who couldn't afford a raffle ticket but donated $.25 to our cause because she has a friend with autism.
The woman who gave up her ice cream to buy more raffle tickets who told me that she would go without for the evening knowing she had done something for a worthy cause.
And more than that, the many families that we saw with autistic children who felt safe bringing their children out to dinner in a public place.
Those people and those families touched us more than any amount of money we could raise.
We thank all of you that joined us last night and made it such a success, if for nothing else but just being there.
-Erica, Embracing Autism
It WAS an AMAZING night. I am so inspired to do more. I hope that some of you are able to join us for our next fundraiser in "Dovah" on April 24th. If not, we are considering making this a monthly event - a way for autistic families to get out and feel safe in a public place. Forget the money, that is all we want!