The Asperger Spirit, Inc. hosted their 2nd annual benefit gala at the Selig Center this December giving attendees a night to remember. The spirit of the holidays was celebrated with beautiful music provided by the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestras of Atlanta Chamber Ensembles and a graceful dance number performed by the Conservatory of Dance and Fine Arts dance team to Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful”. After the inspiring entertainment came to an end, guests enjoyed a nice dinner and desserts provided by the Goodfriend Catering Company while viewing an educational video on Asperger’s Syndrome. The dinner and video were followed by the event’s Emmy award winning keynote speaker, Kimberley Kennedy, who spoke on overcoming life’s hurdles and “rebooting” one’s life when all seems lost or hopeless. Ms. Kennedy finished her speech leaving the audience, who gave her a standing ovation, impressed and inspired. During the night’s events, a silent auction also took place. Items for the auction included an autographed photo of Sarah Jessica Parker, an autographed photo of Clay Aiken, wine, and fine china. The night ended with everyone feeling inspired by the Aspberger Spirit.
The Asperger Spirit, Inc. was established in 2009 as response to limited resources to people with Asperger’s Disorder, a form of autism, especially for adults with the disability. The organization is run completely by volunteers who tirelessly donate their time to the nonprofit’s mission, which is to to assist those with Asperger’s Disorder in reaching their God-given potential, by enabling them to obtain comprehensive diagnostic tests, innovative treatment plans, individualized services and specialized support.
“And suddenly I know this spirit which leads me on to wonderful discoveries through countless doors to come, is none other than
The Asperger’s Spirit.”
-Excerpt from “The Door That Opens” by Arletha Hood