The Lancaster American Business Club hosted its annual fundraiser at Garth Gallery in Columbia, PA. The Tommy Foundation was excited to be counted alongside four other amazing non-profit charities selected by the Lancaster AMBUCS Chapter to receive monetary awards for their work in the community – SALSA Baseball of Lancaster, Schreiber Pediatric, Meal on Wheels of Lancaster, Tommy Foundation & PowerPacks Project. It was an amazing night had by all, and over 100 people were in attendance!— at the Garth Gallery & Custom Frame Shop.
On Monday, October 27th, 2014, The Tommy Foundation was honored to participate in The Ware Center at Millersville University Lancaster’s performance of “The Snail and The Whale” a Sensory Friendly production. TTF President, Sugey Cruz-Everts met with Barry Kornhauser ahead of the performance to discuss the needs of those with sensory needs—the need for a quiet area, a gross motor area and an area for other activities that would help with setting the children at ease before the performance.
The folks at Tall Stories, a British theater company known for its unique brand of physical storytelling performed this adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s children’s book “The Snail and the Whale,” a story about a tiny snail that wants to see the world and the whale that serves as her transportation.
For this performance, which can be enjoyed by all children, there were supports and resources for young patrons with sensory process disorders, Autism Spectrum Condition, other sensory needs, learning disabilities, and/or social, cognitive, and physical challenges. Our role the day-of was to provide on hand support for families that needed a bit of prep time before the event. We brought sensory mats, games and activities to a specially designated area of the Ware Center that would be set up an hour before the event and during the event if children in attendance needed a sensory break in order to better enjoy the performance.
Prior to the performance date, a Study Guide AND a Social Story describing the theater experience was sent to patrons who also had the option of arranging a free tour of the Ware Center by contacting Barry at Barry.Kornhauser@Millersville.edu or phoning (717) 871-7812.
This year’s 2014 Edge of Autism event was a smashing success in no small part to all our wonderful donors out there! The Lancaster County community and those involved in autism around the country came together to help over 650 individuals and families affected by autism have a nearly perfect day! We thank each and every one of them, and hope you’ll join us in counting to support them in their businesses so we can continue to support each other as well.
$1000 or More – Infinitely Awesome Sponsor (in alphabetical order)
$500 or More – Acceptance Sponsor (in alphabetical order)
MassMutual Eastern PA (Special Care Planning Team)
* plus a number of donors that choose to remain anonymous