Bowled Over at The Family Center for Autism Fundraiser

The Family Center for Autism enjoyed its fourth annual “Bowling for a Cause” event at AMF Plainview on Sunday, October 23. This year, however, was an extra special event and fundraiser thanks to the efforts of Ethan Shapiro, an FCA supporter who selected the center to be the beneficiary of his Bar Mitzvah project.

“We could see how important it is for the families and their children to have activities to participate in where the can feel like they belong,” Ethan said of The Family Center for Autism. “The classes are attended by different age groups and even their siblings can join them in activities. Many families cannot afford to attend these classes and that’s where we come in. Every dollar raised goes directly to creating special moments for these individuals.”

More than 65 people attended the fundraiser, which included food, drinks, amazing raffles and prizes, and of course lots of bowling! Over $1,500 was raised to benefit The Family Center for Autism.

“We had a great turnout of friends, family, co-workers, camp friends, school friends and my bowling teammates and their families,” Ethan said. “Everyone had a great time and they all knew that the money spent was going directly to help families attend programs at the Autism Center that could otherwise not afford it. I had no idea when we started my project that there would be so many hours involved in putting together a function like this, but I found out that in most cases, people are generous by nature and if they could help they would.”

“I also found out how lucky I am to have wonderful parents and a wonderful home to live in and that I know if I need anything all I have to do is ask for it which is not the case with the families that belong to the Center,” he continued. “Every day is a challenge for them, even for the simplest things like being able to communicate or having someone give them a hug.” Thanks to Ethan’s efforts, the FCA will be able to help even more families affected by Autism.

The Family Center for Autism is honored to have been chosen by Ethan for his Bar Mitzvah project, and grateful for his hard work, and the help from his family and friends, to put together such a wonderful event.