Savannah, GA – November 4, 2015 — The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism (MRCA) announced today that it raised $20,000 from its awards banquet held on October 22 at the DeSoto Hilton Hotel. Proceeds from the evening will be used to support the organization as it expands its resources and footprint in Georgia in order to better serve the growing needs of the regional autism community.
Boom! Zap! Pow! A Salute to Savannah Superheroes Awards Banquet was the second of three events hosted in celebration of MCRA’s 15 years serving the autism and special needs communities in Savannah and throughout southeast Georgia. The evening featured the inaugural presentation of the Marie Backus McGaughey Award for Childhood Philanthropy. Greg Parker of the Parker Companies received the award in recognition of his outstanding generosity including Parkers’ “Fueling the Community” program, which provides funding to local schools in southeast Georgia and the South Carolina Lowcountry. Area high school students contributed to the evening’s entertainment, including the Habersham Vibe jazz quartet and The Savannah Arts Academy Dance Company.
MRCA’s final anniversary event will be the 2016 Autism Conference in Savannah (Feb. 11-12) that will feature internationally recognized experts in various autism-related fields of work and research. Conference organizers are bringing together a variety of professionals and family participants from the U.S. and Canada, most notably Dr. Temple Grandin as the keynote speaker. MRCA will also host a Friday evening (Feb. 12) community event featuring Dr. Grandin that is free and open to the general public.
About MRCA: The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism operates the only year-round, day school in southeast Georgia for children with ASD. Furthermore, it promotes outreach and advocacy through forged partnerships with families and with existing medical, educational, and community services in order to help these children reach their full potential and enhance their quality of life as well as that of their families. The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, and relies on support of those who share our passion and vision. For more information, visit www.matthewreardon.org.
Contact: Patti Victor