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Residents Donate Funds, Hold Seminar for Autism

The Chiropractic Source hosts Help for Hope Benefit, local residents donate to Caldwell College Center for ABA, and Charity Ball to honor Mayor Dassing.

ADHD and Autism Awareness

Did you know that the month of September is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Awareness Month? In support of the children and their families that struggle with these conditions, Dr. Marco Ferrucci of in Caldwell will present Help the Hope Benefit, on Sept. 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Help the Hope is a 90-minute seminar that will explore the underlying causes of these challenging disorders and introduce the latest findings in treating them, while raising money for the Children’s Autism Hope Project. Children’s Autism Hope Project supports a state-of-the art laboratory staffed by doctoral and post-doctoral students, dedicated to developing and implementing the very latest research tools and techniques in the struggle against Autism.

All net proceeds from the $5 per attendee registration fee will be donated to the Children's Autism Hope Project. For more information, visit the website or call 973-228-0500. Interested, but cannot attend in-person? Dr. Ferrucci will live-stream the seminar from his website.

Helping Those Affected by Autism

When local residents Bob and Janet Markman witnessed firsthand the benefits of Caldwell College’s (ABA), they knew they wanted to find a way to help the Center. The result? A generous donation to name a consultation room in the Center.

While touring the Center for ABA with the and Dr. Sharon Reeve, executive director of the center, the Markmans were introduced to a young boy receiving services there. The tour, part of a visit by the Rotary Club to the College, followed the Rotary’s recent $17,500 donation to the Center. The Markmans were amazed to learn that the child who was speaking, interacting and having fun, had been non-communicative just four months earlier. After hearing about and witnessing the results, the Markmans were moved to support the Center.  

“I looked at my wife, Janet, and said we have to do something,” said Markman. She agreed.

“We are all responsible for our actions and the choices we make,” added Markman. “All too often, we become desensitized and removed from the needs in the world. When you can, rethink if that money, even part of it, could be put to better use—to help others in need.”

Charity Ball Honors Mayor Dassing

When people “do good”, we all want to know about it, and somehow thank and recognize them. The John I. Crecco Foundation will do just that on Sept. 30, when it holds the 46th annual Project Heartbeat Dinner Dance at Mayfair Farms in West Orange.

This year, the event will recognize outstanding members of the community for their accomplishments and contributions, including , “Woman of the Year,” Honorable Mike Napolitano, “Man of the Year,” Dr. Maryann Alessio, “Physician of the Year,” Bloomfield Police Chief Christopher Goul, “Public Safety Award,” and John Bonnet, “Community Service Award.”

Started in 1964, the Foundation has raised more than $1 million for cardiac care facilities throughout the state. Namesake, John Crecco, annually sponsors little league and youth teams, and the Crecco Athletic Club sponsors an annual Junior Olympic Annual Track and Field Meet. In addition, the Foundation’s Choose Life, Not Drugs program funded statewide drug awareness education programs.

The event, which includes a cocktail hour, dinner, dancing to a live orchestra, and Venetian Table, is open to the public. For tickets or additional information, call 973-857-1925, email jicreccofdn@comcast.net, or visit the website.

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