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Fourth Annual ‘Wings of Hope’ Event Raises More Than $29,000 for FAU’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

BOCA RATON, Fla. (April 23, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) recently hosted the fourth annual “Wings of Hope” charity reception. The event took place at the Boca Raton Museum in Boca Raton. More than 130 guests attended the event, which raised more than $29,000. Proceeds will support CARD’s services for children with autism or autism spectrum disorders.

The event honored Joe and Fran Eppy of Boca Raton, for their longstanding support and dedication to FAU CARD and the autism community.

“We are so grateful to Joe and Fran Eppy for all they have done for FAU CARD and the autism community in South Florida,” said Jack Scott, Ph.D., executive director of CARD. “They find so many ways to make a real difference in the lives of children with autism. Their support and the help of their many generous friends, and other friends of autism, allow us to expand our services to local children with autism and their families.”

The theme of this year’s event was “CARD-i-gras.” Guests enjoyed a Mardi Gras celebration with hors d’oeuvres, open bar, music, silent auction and raffle. Event sponsors were First Capital and Glen and Tricia Stein.

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 2,900 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 and including people with autism in the community. 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, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. 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. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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