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article imageReview: 2018 SASI GALA is a success, raises autism awareness in New York Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jun 9, 2018 in Lifestyle
On June 8, the 2018 Blue Party GALA for SASI (Specialized Autism Support & Information) took place at Villa Lombardi's in Holbrook, New York.
SASI was co-founded by Priscilla Arena, who serves as executive director, and Stephanie Packer Mendelson; moreover, Arena is the host of her radio show "A Woman's View," on 103.9 FM Long Island News Radio.
On this year's SASI event, Arena said, "Oh my gosh. It basically went beyond my expectations. We are double the sponsors and triple the elected officials in terms of support, which is fantastic. We just announced that we will be starting a Suffolk County Autism Task Force that I have been approached with, and I am really excited to have a great time with everybody."
SASI has grown exponentially, especially since it started in the winter of 2015 with 12 mothers in a living room, where they formed their first support group. They are serving almost 3,000 families across Long Island, and that number is growing daily. Their mission is to be a central resource for families who are affected with autism. "We have become the fastest growing autism organization in New York State," Arena said. "In the year to come, the trajectory of it will be nationwide. I had an opportunity to go to the United Nations this year. That was quite an honor," Arena added.
Arena noted that autism is "a disability that does not discriminate," and Mendelson encouraged families that are affected with autism that they are "not alone," and rightfully so.
Special guests at this year's SASI event included Esther Fortunoff, the president of Fortunoff Fine Jewelry, and Chef Jonathan Scinto from the Food Network, among others. "Esther's family is a legacy, and she is a class act," Arena said.
To learn more about SASI, visit its official homepage, and Facebook page.
Read More: Freestyle queen Shannon performed at the 2018 SASI "Blue Party."
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