The work of Brookline residents Terry and Tom Hamilton will culminate on March 30, 2017, as MassGeneral Hospital for Children celebrates its 17th annual Aspire Spring Gala and aims to raise more than $2 million to support Aspire, the hospital’s therapeutically based program of the Lurie Center for Autism.
Aspire helps children, teens and adults with high cognitive autism spectrum disorder or a related social profile develop the skills necessary to live full, independent lives.
The 2017 Aspire Spring Gala Committee includes Stephanie and David Long, Timothy Sweeney, Terry and Tom Hamilton, Kerridan and Michael Crowe, Ann Marie and Daniel Gross, and Kim and Eric Karofsky. Together, this group has worked toward shining a light on how Aspire helps many who fall on the autism spectrum pursue careers and lead full lives.
About 800 guests are expected to attend the cocktail reception at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston that will feature live music from the Berkshire Hills Music Academy Performance Troupe and a luxury key game offering one-of-a-kind prize packages that include tickets to “Hamilton” on Broadway and a meet-and-greet with the cast, and tickets to U2 and Coldplay at Gillette Stadium later this year.
This year’s theme, “Dear Aspire,” highlights letters written by Aspire participants, parents, staff and internship hosts about the impact the program has had on their lives. Boston-based Rafanelli Events will bring the theme to life with large-scale pencil displays and a coloring wall.
Aspire programs include a college mentorship group and a young adult internship program. The program also supports more than 17 area school districts and conducts educational workshops that train more than 1,000 professionals and parents each year on meeting the complex needs of individuals with an autism spectrum disorder.
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