NEPA’s Rock Autism Now and Variety’s Autism Walk


gavThose of you who have been reading this beauty blog for while know that my oldest son has Aspergers and my 2nd oldest has Pervasive Developmental Disorder, both forms of Autism. Then there are my two nephews, who coincidentally, have the same diagnosis. And let’s not forget my cousin who also has Aspergers. Needless to say anything that has to do with Autism is close to my heart, so I want to take this opportunity to tell you about two Autism benefits coming up next week.

For those readers who live local to me in Northeast PA, one of my favorite local bands, Nowhere Slow, will be playing at NEPA’s Rock Autism Now benefit at 8pm on March 27th at Tink’s Entertainment Complex in Scranton. There are other really good bands playing there that night as well, with the same benefit being held at Nightcaps in Edwardsville that same night. For example, Bad Hair Day, one of “the boy’s” favorite local bands (next to M80 of course) will be playing at 10pm.  All proceeds benefit Friendship House’s ABA Autism Program in Scranton.andrew-connor

My sister Courtney will be participating in Variety’s 4th Annual Autism Walk on March 29th in the Plymouth Meeting Mall. In a friendly competition, each team is trying to “outbeat” the other by raising the most donations. My sister has already met her goal of $500, however, we both feel that with spreading the word we can raise that amount even higher. All proceeds will benefit Variety’s new Family Resource Center which serves children with Autism now by providing early support. You can make a donation via my sister’s team page on Variety’s website.

So whether you are local or not, I hope you are able to help support one of these benefits either by helping me spread the word or by making a donation. Now that would be beautiful.

Pictured– Top  left: My oldest son Gavin. Lower Right: My nephew Andrew and my son Connor.



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Shannon began A Girl's Gotta Spa! beauty blog in 2005 to morph her love of beauty and in educating women on what truly works and what does not. She has been featured in Glamour, VOGUE Australia, Woman's World, Nail Pro, SHAPE and on WBRE's PA Live. She is a go-to source for social media consulting when it comes to beauty brands.

4 Responses to NEPA’s Rock Autism Now and Variety’s Autism Walk

  1. Erryns Health And Beauty

    HI!
    I also have a beauty blog and was loking for inspiration for another article and ran upon your blog.My son also has aspergers.We are truly blessed mothers.Even though our boys face challenges other children may not face, the unique perspectives our kids have is just a wonderful gift. Sometimes the things my son says are so literal and simple it really opens my eyes to things I would otherwise never have appreciated.
    Thanks for helping raise awareness and encourage support for the families learning to cope and manage all autism spectrum disorders.
    If our kids were around 20 years ago when we were little, they probably would have been labeled “retarded” or “mentally disabled” and been misunderstood and mistreated.
    Through alot of therapy and specialized individual educational programs my son is now catching up with the other kids in his age group which would have never happened without people pushing awareness and education.
    :>sry im rambling :P

  2. Erryns Health And Beauty

    OH AND YOUR BOYS ARE BEAUTIFUL

  3. Tina

    Your sons and your nephew are adorable!

  4. jacqilyn g

    I am new to the area and was not aware of groups where children with autism and their families can get together and have outings and do things. Please contact me with any info you may have.

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