On behalf of the Milanovic family, are excited to host the 3rd annual, “Niko’s Night for Autism” Gala event, June 21st, 2019. With the help of our sponsors, colleagues, family and friends, we have been able to raise $70,000 at last year’s event, and $169,000 in total for Autism Ontario. Due to the continued needs for resources for families affected with children on the spectrum and continued interest we are hoping for your continued support for this year’s event.
Raising awareness and funds for this charity began with our very own personal experience with autism and our inspiration, our son Niko. Since his diagnosis at the age of 2 ½ we’ve experienced and seen many families struggle to obtain desperately needed funding and services. Upon diagnosis, many families are left without knowing where to turn, feeling hopeless and confused with nowhere to turn. We too were left feeling in despair, not know what the right path was for our son, how to help him and how to advocate successfully for him.
Autism Ontario, a non-profit organisation, helped to
direct us and many other families with assistance on which government associations to contact, which wait lists to get on for services and what rights families have in the school system. Proceeds raised through this event will benefit children and young adults on the spectrum by providing respite, services and programs to help families cope with their day to day lives with ASD. Due to Funds raised through this gala, community events such as summer day camp, sporting activities & special events tailored to provide a more sensory easing experience.
Our support for this cause continues to be needed. 1 in 68 children are currently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Autism is now the fastest growing and most commonly diagnosed neurological disorder in Canada. Autism provincial funding for services along with in-school educational support structures continue to be slashed. Families are receiving less financial and educational support every year and turn to organisations such as Autism Ontario for any support programs to ease their struggles.
The 3rd annual gala will be held at the Crystal Fountain Banquet Hall in Markham. The evening will be filled with cocktails, oyster bar, fine dining, open bar, door prizes, silent and live auctions and entertainment. We will also have special appearances by some NHL Alumni and special guests.
Please join us on June 21st, 2019 to help make a difference in the lives of these children.
We are thrilled to announce our 3rd annual Niko's Night for Autism Gala is underway and will take place on Friday, June 21st 2019. Join us for a night of dancing, dining, auction and prizes all in the name of fundraising for Autism Ontario.
With continued support of family, friends and colleagues, we've been able to donate $169,500! Help us continue to support Autism Ontario by attending and/or donating to this year's event. We have begun organizing to make this year even better!
Looking forward to seeing you!
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