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May 10 Gala will Benefit Autism Services and Research [5/2/2014]

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AutismThumbThe second annual Celebrating Exceptional Stars Gala will be Saturday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m. on the fifth floor of the Cashion Academic Center on Baylor’s campus.

The event will benefit the Baylor Autism Resource Clinic (BARC) and the Baylor Clinic for Assessment, Research and Education (CARE), which compose the Behavioral and Educational Services Division of the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD). The gala will include music, dinner, dancing and a silent auction to support autism programs and services. Individual tickets are $50, with tables of 10 available for $450.

“It’s all for a great cause while we wrap up Autism Awareness Month,” said Kristen Mainor, director of the Behavioral and Educational Services Division at the BCDD. The BCDD also houses speech and hearing and other Baylor services from outside the School of Education. BCDD is a collaborative effort of Baylor University and Baylor Scott & White’s McLane Children’s hospital.

“This event will bring together individuals from all walks of life, including parents of children with special needs, educational and medical service providers, and community supporters.”

Guests will enjoy a sit-down dinner and dancing to the songs of Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, The Glenn Miller Band and others. Those in attendance will also be able to explore the Hollywood style photo booth before bidding on items during the silent auction. Items up for bid will include a Michael Kors purse, a diamond necklace from Jay Jewelers, jewelry from James Avery and much more!

Community support is the foundation of these programs and services, Mainor said. All proceeds will be used to help local children and adults with autism spectrum disorders and other exceptionalities.

“These two clinics provide important resources, support and services to children with developmental disabilities, such as autism, and their families at little-to-no cost,” Mainor said. “Funds will be used to assist in covering operating costs, supplies, programming efforts and more.”

Honored guests will include Dr. Alma Golden of McLane Children’s Hospital, Texas A&M Health Science Center and Baylor School of Education Dean Dr. Jon Engelhardt. Mainor said they will be honored for their efforts toward the collaboration that created the BCDD.

For more information about attending or donating to the event, please contact Kristen Mainor by email (Link: Kristen_Mainor@baylor.edu) or by phone at (254) 537-1042.

To learn more about the BCDD and its autism services, visit BCDD.

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