The 13th Annual FOCUS Festival for Autism, held at Mills Pond Park in Canton on June 7, was an exceptional family-friendly event with something for everyone! The Festival drew more than 350 people for games, music, activities, and fun. Special guests Rocky the Rock Cat, Tinkerbell, and Acorn the Clown entertained the crowd and met with their adoring fans. Vendors provided information, resources and products for all, and the Teacup Raffle had fabulous baskets and prizes to win. One lucky attendee won the grand prize, an iPad Air!
The FOCUS Festival for Autism was made possible in part by an anonymous donor and our Sponsor, Health Consultants Group.
Our Media Sponsor was HamletHub, represented by Plymouth HamletHub Editor-in-Chief Jeannette Brodeur and her family.
Activities provided by: New York Party Works, Sharon Family Farm, and Strain Family Farm.
Our Vendors were: K21 Kid Strong Foundation, SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center, Starwinds, Discovery Toys, Premier Designs, Thirty-One Gifts, Kids Dental of Bristol, Katrina Pandiscia of Usborne Books, The Curtis Blake Center at American International College, and Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes.
Our Donors were: Interlaken Inn, Connecticut River Expeditions, Thomas Hooker Brewery, Oregon Chai, Stars of Avon, Kevin Edwards Jewelers, TCBY, Connecticut Science Center, Effie's Place, Bertucci's Restaurant, Moe's of Avon, Cake Gypsy, LEGO, Pottery Piazza, Cuts for Peanuts, Snip-Its, Blue Plate Kitchen, Wadsworth Atheneum, Excel Fitness, Valley Fitness Center, ABC Pizza, Michel Angelo's, Infinity Music Hall and Bistro, Yarn over Avon, Six Flags New England, Lake Compounce, Pepperidge Farms, Barnes and Noble, Puerto Vallarta, True Value of Bristol, Cava, Aloha Tanning, Ski Sundown, Farmington Mini Golf, Sparkle, Angel Tips, Cost Cutters, Massage Envy, Edible Arrangements, Fancy Nails, Super Cuts, Bill Selig Jewelers, Peachwave, Green Tangerine Spa, Pizza Palace, La Cucina, Hobby and Trophy World, Catamount Ski, Sassu, Midas, Peaberry's Cafe, New Britain Rock Cats, Salerno's, Cugino's, Best Cleaners, Rosie’s Laundry, The Little Green Tambourine, Malibu Fitness, Stampin' Up!, Warner Theatre, New York Giants, Gore Mountain, Flamig Farm, Cabot Creamery, Stonewall Kitchen, Udi's Gluten Free, Bozzuto's, BJ's of Southington, Wheeler Regional YMCA, Spare Time, Jump Zone, New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, American Girl, Kiddly Winks, Canvas on Demand, Shear Artistry, Jan Brett, Yoga Center of Collinsville, Hartford Stage, Fleet Feet, Play it Again Sports, The Vacca Family, The Skora-Thomas Family, The Cables Family, ESPN, Tulmeadow Farms, Necker's Toyland, Donna Swanson, Tink Harrison, Subway, Dynamic Auto, Buffalo Wild Wings of Waterbury, Bows and Bandanas, Rolling Video Games of New England, Nayana Reist, Twin Landscaping, Inc., Bruegger’s Bagels, J. Timothy’s, Chunky Tomato Pizzeria, and Paines, Inc. Recycling and Rubbish Removal.
Liberty Baptist Church of Bristol generously donated tables and chairs for the Festival for Autism.
Our Volunteers were: Kohl's #661 of Canton, Kohl’s #1488 of Berlin, Kohl’s #969 of Waterbury, Sharon Cable and the Litchfield County Autism Spectrum Association, James Cable, Gerard Hector and Friends, and our fabulous FOCUS staff and their family and friends!
FOCUS Center for Autism is a grassroots, community-based nonprofit whose mission is helping children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders achieve their full potential. Since becoming a nonprofit in 2000, FOCUS has developed into a well respected community-based model of treatment that has now served over 600 children and families.
For more information, visit www.focuscenterforautism.org or check us out on Facebook.