NSSA’s 26th Annual Dinner for Our Children

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NSSA’s 26th Annual Dinner for Our Children was held on April 14, 2018, the most beautiful day of the year! Guests were greeted at Leonard’s Palazzo by borders of cheerful pansies and daffodils.

Inside, tables were set for over 400 guests, the sumptuous cocktail buffet was open and the bar was taking drink orders.

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A casino room, raffles, wheel of chance, prize balloons and prize boards offered guests opportunities to win prizes.

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The Money Booth was open to let guests know what activities were available to them, how to play, and to redeem casino money for raffle tickets.

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We welcomed familiar faces and made new friends.

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Thank you to Carley Shore and Carley’s Kicks for Cure for donating another five iPads to NSSA!

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The highlight of the evening was the generosity of our guests when we did a special fundraiser to raise $35,000 to commemorate NSSA’s 35th anniversary. With everyone’s help we not only reached our goal but surpassed it! Thank you to everyone!

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And as always, there was an inspiring and moving video which you can see here.

We have so much gratitude for everyone who helped make this night possible – sponsors, donors, guests, families, volunteers, vendors and staff.

Events like this are so important in helping NSSA continue to offer the programs and services that are so needed by individuals and families touched by autism.

THANK YOU.

Sweet Treat for NSSA: Smithtown High School East Hosts a Spring Dance

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On April 13, 2018, Smithtown High School East hosted a Candyland-themed Spring dance for the students and clients of NSSA over the age of 14.

Guests eyes lit up when they saw the tables strewn with an assortment of candy.

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A dinner of pizza was served by high school volunteers…

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…and then DJ Matt Figuccio turned on the music and colored lights and the dance floor got hopping!

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Since they’ve been doing this for NSSA for over 6 years, our clients are now familiar with the high school students and the dances are a good time to catch up with old friends and have a little fun down-time with NSSA teachers.

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We are so appreciative of our friends at Smithtown High School East for being such gracious hosts and befriending our students and clients and creating these fun social activities for them! Thank you also to NSSA’s Matt Figuccio for the music, Stacey Agosta for coordinating and overseeing the event and NSSA teachers and Direct Service Professionals for attending the event and making sure our students and clients have a good time.