Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Comedians Cure, Too: REED Academy Comedy Fundraiser for Children With Autism

From a part-time colleague living with the full-time challenge of a child with autism:
Do you know anyone who LOVES Curb Your Enthusiasm? Want to support education for children with autism? REED Academy, is having a comedy night fundraiser hosted by Susie Essman of Curb Your Enthusiasm at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ on November 8, 2011 at 7pm. For tickets, click this link: https://reedacad.ejoinme.org/MyPages/ComedyforCauseRegistration2011/tabid/315517/Default.aspx

One in 110 children are diagnosed with autism each year. While families struggling with autism face many hurdles, one of the greatest challenges is finding an appropriate educational program. In 2003, faced with no other options, a group of Bergen County families founded REED Academy, Inc., a not for profit school serving children with autism. REED provides highly individualized, scientifically based, state-of-the art intervention for children aged 3 through 21. Children are making tremendous progress at REED — they are reading, writing, solving math problems and working on the computer. They are having conversations with their peers, riding bicycles and playing kickball. They are learning to play the piano, prepare meals, take showers and brush their teeth. Since REED opened its doors, nine children have graduated and have returned to their local public schools. Every child deserves the opportunity to become a productive, independent adult, and enrollment at REED is not contingent upon a family’s resources. While a significant portion of our funding comes from school districts, it does not meet all of our costs. The balance of more than $20,000 per child is raised through efforts like this one.

In just six months at REED Academy, Ava has learned to use a fork, sit for story time and most importantly, say "hi Mommy!".

Thank you for your very generous support. If you cannot attend Comedy Night, please spread the word and post to Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter!

Kim, Charlie and Ava Jolie Cristo
The Cristo Fam has the scoop on Susie Essman, but the event is also promoting Marriage Ref host Tom Papa. Check the site (and the poster below) for details, and maybe have yourself a laugh on Ava's behalf.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

"Wonder Woman Day" Charity Event to Celebrate More Than Just the Amazon Princess on October 30th

Since 2006, artists, collectors, cosplayers, and fans have gathered on one weekend each year and in two cities to raise money for domestic violence charity programs. The star of the annual gatherings and creative theme for the artwork and costumes on display was always the iconic Amazonian super hero, Wonder Woman. Now, for the 6th annual gathering on October 30, 2011, the event has grown to a third city and the creative focus is growing, too. Organizers are renaming "Wonder Woman Day" to reflect their expanding focus on other pop culture heroine. The newly christened "Women of Wonder Day" will feature characters and collectibles related to Wonder Woman, Super Girl, Lois Lane, Princess Leia, Ripley from the Alien films, Hermione Granger from Harry Potter, and more. Sookie Stackhouse may come face to face with Buffy the Vampire Slayer on the streets of Flemmington, NJ; Portland, Oregon; and now San Antonio, Texas -- and all to showcase the strength and wonder of these female icons and archetypes in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 100% of all monies raised at the event from auctions and signings will go to 501(c)3 tax deductible charities affiliated with the event. Visit womenofwonderday.com for more information about the charities, the program for 10/30, and how you can participate.

Monday, October 10, 2011

2012 Cycle For Survival: Wanna Go For a Ride?

It's that time again. Team Comics Cure will be back in full effect -- and, hopefully, bigger and badder than we were last year. "Badder" meaning "gooder", that is. Not that "gooder" is a word, but you totally get it. We're going to pump some pedals and test our mettle. Are you coming for the ride?

Click here to SUPPORT TEAM COMICS CURE in the 2012 Cycle for Survival!

Dear Matt,

Thank you for starting team Comics Cure for Cycle for Survival! Your registration is now complete!
Cycle 2012 is our biggest ride to date and we look forward to working together to raise the most money possible for research on rare cancers!
To help you get started, check out the Team Captain Check List and log in to your Cycle Center with the username and password you used during registration. From there you can customize your team and personal page, send e-mails, track your fundraising progress and access the Fundraising Tool Kit which includes a fact sheet on rare cancers, a list of Cycle-funded research, a timeline of Cycle's history and useful fundraising tips!
Thank you again for being part of Cycle 2012. We look forward to working with you and your team this season!