With Autism Spectrum Disorder rising in prevalence and receiving significant national attention, parents thankfully have more options than ever before to enhance the social and emotional development of affected children. MGH YouthCare has long been a leader in this field, pioneering skill-based programs for toddlers through teens and offering children with Autism Spectrum Disorder the chance to develop social and friendship skills in a safe and supportive environment. Through their summer camp, career skill development program, social skills groups, parent groups and school consultations, YouthCare has empowered hundreds of kids and their parents to make healthy decisions and lead fuller lives.
Each year, YouthCare hosts a gala fundraiser, “Give Children a Chance.” Its eighth annual installment, which will take place May 29 at 6 p.m. at the Moakley Courthouse in Boston, will be hosted by KISS 108’s Billy Costa and will feature Jimmy Buffet cover band The Baja Brothers. Event co-chairs David Long, Stephanie Long, Tim Sweeney, Tom Hamilton and Terry Hamilton are expecting more than 300 guests for this year’s event. Says Terry Hamilton and her husband Tom, best known as bassist for Aerosmith, “Ever since attending our first YouthCare event more than five years ago, we knew this was a cause that needed our support. MGH YouthCare gives kids a place where they can enjoy activities with their peers and be themselves without being bullied or teased, and that is so important for a young kid.”
Says D. Scott McLeod, Ph.D., executive director of MGH YouthCare, “Allowing children on the Autism Spectrum to build skills in a supportive and engaging environment is the surest way to prepare them for a productive, fulfilling life. It is thanks to our generous donors that we continue to be able to deliver high-quality care to hundreds of children in need.”
For more information about attending the gala or about sponsorship opportunities, contact Deb Shapiro at 617-724-2818. To find out more about MGH YouthCare, access www.mghyouthcare.org.
About the Massachusetts General Hospital: Massachusetts General Hospital, established in 1811, is the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The MGH conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the United States, with an annual research budget of nearly $500 million and major research centers in AIDS, cardiovascular research, cancer, computational and integrative biology, cutaneous biology, human genetics, medical imaging, neurodegenerative disorders, regenerative medicine, transplantation biology and photomedicine. MGH and Brigham and Women's Hospital are founding members of Partners HealthCare HealthCare System, a Boston-based integrated health care delivery system.