April is Autism Awareness Month and the Aroostook Autism Support Group, located in Presque Isle, will be holding their fourth annual Autism Challenge, but this year with a slight twist.


The Autism Challenge Dinner & Auction takes place on Saturday, April 1, at the Presque Isle Inn & Convention Center.  The evening will feature guest speaker Chris Ulmer, a teacher and the founder of Special Books by Special Kids, a multi-media non-profit which is leading a worldwide acceptance movement that brings awareness of the joys, needs and struggles of the special needs community and promotes the acceptance and celebration of neurodiverse individuals by all.

The reception begins at 4:00 p.m., and participants will have the chance to enjoy music by Travis Cyr while socializing and bidding on the many silent auction items that will be placed around the room.  Ulmer’s presentation begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner following. After dinner, Terrance Reidy, president of the Presque Isle chapter of Standing Up for Us, will speak briefly, followed by a live auction.  There will be lots of fun items to bid on in both the silent and live auction, and all proceeds benefit the Aroostook Autism Support Group.

“The last three years our Autism Challenge, which is made up of two very different types of activities, has taken place on the same day,” explains Maeghan Swanson, co-founder of AASG.  "In an effort to increase participation and to accommodate many families, we decided to split the event into two different days, one at the start of the month and one at the end.  It’s a perfect way to celebrate autism awareness throughout the month designated for just such a purpose.”

Tickets for the dinner and auction are $40/person, $70/couple, and $275/table of eight. For those purchasing a table, a complimentary bottle of wine will be provided at the table.  Single and couple tickets can be purchased online at www.aroostookautismsupportgroup.org.   To reserve a table, please email Maeghan Swanson or Lisa Brewer at aasgmaine@hotmail.com.

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