Alive in the World Concert Raises $45,000 to Benefit
Eden Autism Services Florida
15th annual concert featured Beth Nielsen Chapman and Rodney Crowell
(Fort Myers, Fla, June 15, 2012) - The 2012 Alive in the World Concert featuring acclaimed singers-songwriters Beth Nielsen Chapman and Rodney Crowell raised $45,000 for Eden Autism Services Florida. The concert and auction on April 14 at The Philharmonic Center for the Arts Daniels Pavilion were presented by the Trust for the Advancement of Responsible Artists (TARA). The opening act for the concert was the Community School Naples all-star rock band.
“We brought Beth Nielsen Chapman and Rodney Crowell to Naples for this concert because they are both powerful singers and songwriters,” said Bob Goldman, director and founder of TARA. “Guests enjoyed some great songs and fascinating stories from Beth and Rodney’s impressive catalogues.”
TARA was founded as a result of Bob Goldman’s involvement with Eden Autism Services. “Charities like Eden need community awareness,” Goldman said, “and concerts are one way of bringing public attention to those organizations.”
“We are indebted to Bob Goldman, TARA and the musicians for their ongoing support of Eden Autism Services and their commitment to help individuals with autism," said Susan Suarez, Director of Eden Autism Services Florida operations. “Their contributions raise community awareness of autism and funds to help support our mission.”
For more information about TARA and upcoming events visit www.gigforgood.org.
About Eden Autism Services Florida
Eden Autism Services Florida was founded in 1996 to address the state’s growing need for specialized services for children and adults with autism and their families. Eden Autism Services' mission is to improve the lives of children and adults with autism and provide support to their families by providing a range of community based services to meet specific needs throughout the lifespan. These services include K-12 schools in Fort Myers and Naples, clinical services, consultations and community training, and adult residential, vocational training and employment services. For more information, about Eden Florida, contact Susan Suarez at 239-992-4680, ext. 5010 or Susan.Suarez@edenautism.org.
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 88 children in the United States, and one in 54 boys. The prevalence of autism has increased 600 percent in the past two decades. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.