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Why I chose to support Autism as a charity is a question some of you may be asking yourself now. I choose to support autism because it is very close to my heart. This disorder affects my own family. My son was diagnosed with this disorder 10 years ago. One in 110 children is diagnosed with autism (this figure used to be one in 150 children). One in 70 boys are on the autism spectrum. (This figure used to be one in 94 boys.) Sixty-seven children are diagnosed with autism each day. A new case of autism is discovered almost every 20 minutes. There are about 1.5 million children and adults that live with autism here in the United States.
I am working with a lovely young lady, Michala Riggle a 13-year-old from Louisville. Her charity is Beading to Beat Autism. She has her sights on raising $300 million dollars to build a state of the art Autism Treatment and Research Center in Louisville. Michala’s key signature fundraising tool is selling hand-beaded bracelets that cost $3 each.
This is my third year having an annual fundraiser for Michala. In the past two years I have raised $6,500 for this charity. My main fundraising tools are donations and having a second annual Spaghetti Lunch.
The lunch for this year will be held Sunday, April 18 at the First Baptist Church in Carrollton in the Fellowship Hall starting at 12:15 p.m.
There will be a silent auction, a drawing for two quilts and whole cakes that will be for sale.
A plate lunch includes spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, brownie and drink. The 10 and under crowd is $3 and 11 and above is $5 each. My son will be drawing out the winning names for each quilt on April 30. For more information or to donate, contact me at (502) 732-8396.
Melanie Lewis Carrollton