FULLERTON, Calif., April 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- To support Fullerton special education programs, Fullerton Cares will present $18,000 to the Fullerton School District and will give five iPads directly to Commonwealth Elementary School representatives present at the school board meeting on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 beginning at 6 p.m. at the District Administration Board Room, 1401 W. Valencia Drive in Fullerton.
Fullerton Cares will make donations from supporters including:
- Five refurbished iPads. A useful communication tool for those with autism, iPads can provide ways for students to express themselves through words and images. Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) will present Fullerton Cares with five iPads, which will then be given to Commonwealth Elementary School.
- Fullerton Girl Scout Troop 2399 will donate 19 Autism Speaks Build-A-Bears to Fullerton Cares. 19 troop members built the bears on April 21, 2013 in support of autism. Proceeds of each bear created benefits Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism advocacy organization. Fullerton Cares will donate the bears to local children with autism.
Donated funds were raised during the recent Fullerton Cares Mardi Gras for Autism, held on February 9, 2013, that hosted 2,000 people and raised a net of $8,000, and from the sold-out Fullerton Cares 'Heroes Comedy Show for Autism with Brad Williams and Friends,' held April 3, 2013, that hosted 600 attendees and raised a net of $20,000.
Says Fullerton Cares Founder Larry Houser, "Fullerton Cares is deeply appreciative of the outpouring of community support to spread autism awareness and raise funds for local autism initiatives. This $18,000 donation to the Fullerton School District is truly a community effort!"
Madelynn Dabbs, 8, Girl Scout Troop 2399 member and daughter of Fullerton Cares Director Summer Dabbs, says of the troop's participation, "Making and donating Autism Speaks Build-A-Bears is a really fun way to teach my friends about autism!"
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ABOUT FULLERTON CARES: Awareness, acceptance and fundraising are the pillars of Fullerton Cares, which spreads autism awareness throughout North OC and was founded by Lawrence Houser, 36, father to Boyd Houser, 5, with autism. Raising funds for autism charities and programs in Fullerton schools through organizing comedy nights, golf tournaments, and Mardi Gras-style fundraisers, Fullerton Cares was founded in 2009 and has raised over $53,000 to support autism initiatives. http://fullertoncares.com/
ABOUT AUTISM: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, autism now affects about 1 in every 88 American children. Autism is a complex condition that affects a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships. http://www.autismspeaks.org
Source: Fullerton Cares