Bountiful ASBC Summer Benefits Area Families

Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bountiful ASBC Summer Benefits Area Families       The Autism Society of Boulder County has been busy the past three months, and area families affected by autism are reaping the benefits from both an ASBC summer fundraiser and an iCan Bike clinic.

Jack's Block Party was held on a beautiful August afternoon, beneath blue skies and an enormous white tent, just outside the front doors of The Post Brewing Co. Post chef Brett Smith and his talented friends served up an impressive spread—shrimp gazpacho, trout, and pulled pork, to name a few of the tasty dishes—complemented by beer and other beverages from a handful of local microbreweries. The Adam Bodine Trio provided the soundtrack for the afternoon and lent a sophisticated but festive air to the party. 

In the words of KBCO's Bret Saunders, who emceed the event, "There was a really warm, congenial vibe under the big tent, like everyone there was a friend... The music was impressive but not snooty. Overall, it was like this smart kind of carnival atmosphere." 

John Ferrigno, whose late son Jack is the namesake of our Jack Ferrigno Send a Kid to Camp Program, gave a moving speech at the event, painting a picture of how challenging it is to be the parent of a child with autism, day in and day out. He asked everyone to go out of their way to check in on those friends and family members living with autism—listening to them, giving them plenty of hugs and supporting them in any way possible.

Through event and raffle ticket sales, as well as donations, Jack's Block Party raised roughly $30,000—money that will replenish our camp grant fund and be used to finance other ASBC recreational programs for families affected by autism.

One such program is the iCan Bike clinic, which was held in late July. Like Jack's Block Party, the clinic was an overwhelming success. We had a total of 18 participants, kids ranging in age from 8 to 17, and all riders were up on two wheels by the last day of the five-day clinic! By week's end, only four of the 18 riders required assistance from a handle on the back of their two-wheel bike. It was an emotionally charged experience for their parents, who thought their son or daughter might never be able to ride a conventional bicycle. Many of them sent us photos of their kids riding solo for the first time in their lives.

Thanks to the many, many people who worked so hard to ensure the success of both Jack's Block Party and the iCan Bike Clinic!
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