Autos for Autism celebrating autism awareness with fundraising event

Teresa Pisani (left) and Tim Barnett (right) present Wendy Jordan (middle) with her winnings from the Autos for Autism fundraising event. Courtesy photo

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By Teresa Pisani Special to the Express Autos For Autism held a 50/50 Raffle fundraiser in honor of April being Autism Awareness Month. Angela Biasi sold the winning ticket to Wendy Jordan who received $4,200 and a special autism bear made and donated by Rachel Garcia. Autos For Autism Board President Tim Barnett and Board Treasurer Teresa Pisani presented Jordan with the check and bear in front of her cheering co-workers. The Autos For Autism Board thanks everyone who purchased a ticket or made a donation in support of their organization. They also give thanks to DJ Barnett and Vince Rodriguez for allowing them to draw the winner on their podcast B.A.R Experience; and to Jason Harris and Green River Brewing & Taproom for allowing them to sell tickets at their venue; to Pacific Ace Hardware for selling tickets; to First Northern Bank for allowing them to sell tickets out front; and to Garcia for donating the autism bear. All proceeds from the raffle will help to fund scholarships for special needs Winters High School seniors pursuing higher education or seniors who are going into the Special Education field, as well as the Special Needs classrooms in the Winters school district. Autos for Autism also supports the local Special Olympics and Team Davis and is looking to expand to have a Club House where families can come for fellowship, education and resources. Autos For Autism started in 2016 by Barnett and Paul Biasi as having a few cars in the Youth Day Parade to bring awareness to Autism and grew into an annual car show and is now a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Now with the community opening up more and more there are plans for a car show soon and other activities. For more information on what is happening, to find resources and information about autism and special needs, to make a donation or to contact them visit their website or follow their Facebook page.

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