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Third Annual ‘Wings of Hope’ Event Raises More than $42,000 for FAU’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

BOCA RATON, FL (March 30, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) recently hosted the third annual "Wings of Hope" charity reception. The event took place in the Delray Acura Premier Club at FAU Stadium on the Boca Raton campus. More than 150 guests attended the event, which raised more than $42,000. Proceeds will support CARD's services for children with autism or autism spectrum disorders.

The event honored Judi and Craig Donoff of Boca Raton, who have been instrumental in raising the awareness of autism and the role of FAU CARD within the Boca Raton philanthropic community.

"We are so grateful to our generous honorees, the Donoffs, as well as our many sponsors and donors," said Jack Scott, Ph.D., FAU CARD's executive director and principle investigator. "Their support makes it possible for FAU CARD to continue to provide much-needed services to local children with autism and their families."

The reception featured live music and a silent auction, including handmade wooden boxes that were decorated by CARD supporters. Event sponsors were Eppy Financial Group, the Slomin Family Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, and First Capital.

Housed in the College of Education, FAU CARD serves as a multidisciplinary learning laboratory for members of the community including FAU undergraduate and graduate students. One of seven such centers in the state, CARD currently serves more than 2,700 clients, most diagnosed with autism or autism spectrum disorders such as Asperger syndrome, pervasive development disorder not otherwise specified, Rett syndrome and childhood disintegrative disorder. FAU CARD acts as a clearinghouse of information, and its services and programs reflect a strong belief in early intervention. The focus of FAU CARD is to optimize the potential of people with autism and related disabilities by enabling them to learn, work, communicate and socialize in the community.

In addition to locations in Boca Raton and the Treasure Coast, CARD's specially equipped van serves as a mobile assessment clinic by bringing FAU CARD professionals to various locations to provide free screenings to children, ages 18 months to 5 years old, who present signs of autism and other developmental disabilities. Service area includes Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee and Indian River counties.

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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