December 8, 2011

A Funny Affair for Autism

Last Monday evening, my friends, Harry and Laura Slatkin, invited me to a very moving and entertaining event called A Funny Affair for Autism, held at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.  Autism Speaks Co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright and New York Center for Autism Co-founders Laura and Harry Slatkin, honored fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger for his commitment to increasing awareness and support of the autism community.  Autism Speaks is the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. The New York Center for Autism is a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of individuals and families who are living with autism spectrum disorder.  Following cocktails, dinner, a musical performance, and a hilarious comedy skit, comedian and Curb Your Enthusiam star Susie Essman and Lydia Fenet of Christie’s, conducted an auction of celebrity designed Christmas trees and menorahs, including a tree donated by me!  I was so thrilled to hear that the menorahs and trees raised nearly $65,000!  In all, this really fun night brought in more than 1.3 million dollars for individuals with autism and their families.