The Autists-Thurs.,June 5th, 2014@Corus Quay, Toronto’s Sugar Beach
By Himadri Ghosh
A big thank you goes out to Rachel Truant | Senior Development Officer Geneva Centre for Autism for the great hospitality and invite. http://www.autism.net. Art created by individuals with autism poems are original, inspiring and everyone will agree it was emotionally moving . The Geneva centre for Autism hosted a fun and inspiring Gala event called “The Autists”( http://www.theautistsgala.com ) this week and what a celebration at the Corus Quay on Sugar Beach! Toronto’s finest showed up to support this fund raiser to participate and “party hard”. The Gala was set on the waterfront with sailboats passing by on the most lovely evening this month we had so far. As the fountain drinks began to flow, the DJ set the mood for several intros from prominent speakers. Just as people started to assemble, the food trucks began to open shop with delicious foods ranging from Feisty Jack, Gourmet Gringos Fidel Gastro’s Gourmet B1tches. Inside was the charming, Rodney’s Oyster House with its delectable shucked oysters in novel sauces while Ninutik Maple impressed everyone with its delicately crafted Maple taffy and artisan cheese on snow. Debbie Irish delivered a heart wrenching speech addressing challenges with diagnosis, access to treatment, and community fund raising, then suddenly the Magic began. Acrobatic performers started winding around magically in the air as everyone began enjoying the event. There was a lot of excitement at the casino games and the silent auction raised a lot of money for a great cause. Auctioned off were great items such as trips, sports memorabilia. the gold record of Pink Floyd, an autographed Les Paul guitar by Keith Urban and several other interesting novelties. The evening rounded off with a fire-juggler who perfectly ended the night. This event was a huge success in raising funds to support the Geneva centre for Autism drive to create and sustain job training and related programs which promote the community inclusion of youth and adults with Autism.