(Fort Myers – December 6, 2012) – On November 10th, students from Eden Autism Services joined soap opera actors at the 14th annual Soapfest on Marco Island. The Art-4-Autism event paired the stars with students to paint canvases that would be auctioned off during the weekend to benefit local children’s charities.
Marco Island’s Soapfest Charity Weekend is an annual event that hosts daytime soap opera stars who donate their time and talent. This year’s event included 15 daytime actors from All My Children, General Hospital, One Life to Live, Young and the Restless and Guiding Light.
“We are grateful to the stars and the Soapfest organizers for including Eden in this special event. The kids loved participating in the art projects and we appreciate the financial support for our programs.” said Taire Malloy, Director of Development of Eden Florida.
For more information about Eden Autism Services, contact Taire Malloy at 239-992-4680, extension 5014 or Eden.firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Eden Autism Services
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, contact Taire Malloy at 239-992-4680, extension 5014 or Eden.email@example.com.
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.