2017 is coming to an end, and we are excited to share with you all that we were able to achieve this year because of your generosity.
Kicked off the new year with our first Community Enrichment presentation by hosting the Neuro Development Clinic event of Social Thinking delivered by Betsey Jacobs in Fairbanks at ACCA.
Danielle attended our first All Alaska Pediatric Partnership meeting in Fairbanks with an invite by Tamar, the executive director.
Fairbanks Community Mental Health Clinic received a 101 presentation on ASA and Autism from the Autism Society of Alaska.
Alaska State Trooper Captain Ron Wall and Danielle Tessen presented on Project Lifesaver at the Fairbanks Chamber meeting and received sponsorship of bracelets after presentation.
Community Enrichment: ASA Board member Theresa Sabens and presentation partner Traci Roon spoke at Fairbanks Community Mental Health on Sensory Processing.
Myway Matinee 3 month trial began in Fairbanks at Regal Cinemas for Sensory Friendly Movie Showings after a year of asking.
Began the process for submitting an Alaska Autism License Plate Bill with National’s advice as a fundraising method, unfortunately the bill did not pass.
Our board member Joshua kicked off his Community Outreach with a table at a UAF Hockey Night.
We were selected as a non-profit in the McHenry Ball tournament at North Pole Middle school and funds were raised on our behalf from the student’s North Pole Champions for Charity also held a bingo night and auction.
Community Enrichment: Brandy, Danielle and Denys presented at TVC to the medical professionals on Autism and how to better partner with ASA.
ASA helped get the Wrights Law Training streamed to Fairbanks at UAF thanks to Stone Soup Group.
We hosted a fundraising paint nite at Pioneer Park.
Myway Matinee 3 month trial in Fairbanks at Regal Cinemas for Sensory Friendly Movie Showings.
Dance 2 fit hosted a wonderful third party event fundraiser.
ASA partnered with AARC to host autism self advocate Dani Bowman at Pioneer Park.
Joshua joined the FASD Sensory Swim as the ASA representative.
April was Autism Awareness Month!
Community Enrichment: Bio medical approach to Autism with Suzette Mailloux at the Public Library.
The annual Human Ribbon at UAF Theresa and Danielle presented at the Fairbanks Children’s Museum.
ASA held two more Paint Nite fundraisers at Gambardella’s and Salcha.
UAF School of Education Hosted a third party fundraiser with a silent auction and donated the money raised to help fund our 2nd Annual Alaska Autism Conference keynote speaker.
Fairbanks Children’s Museum held a sensory friendly version of their interactive performance play.
Myway Matinee PASSED the month trial and began year round in Fairbanks at Regal Cinemas for Sensory Friendly Movie Showings.
Soldotna hosted an Extravaganza event.
We were selected as Papa John’s Charity of the month.
9th Annual Alaska 5k for Autism.
Betsey Jacobs and Danielle Tessen presented to Morning Star Ranch on Autism, Zones of Regulation per their request on how to improve their relationships with their adults with autism.
We were able to approve one scholarship for a camper to attend Camp Yes in the Woods.
Danielle and Joshua ran an activity on “your feet are not for kicking” at Camp Yes in the Woods.
Executive Director Danielle, Board Secretary Denys and President Brandy present a training to the CTC Law Enforcement Academy on autism and focused on signs and suggestions for positive and effective interactions with those who experience autism and their support systems and care providers.
Joshua attended the Tanana Valley State Fair and took part in the American Disability Act celebration and awareness day activities.
Danielle, Denys and Brandy presented to the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Emergency Room Staff/Nurses on the same curriculum after a parent reached out on an issue her family experienced at the hospital.
Children’s Museum sensory day with Joshua as our representative.
In October we hosted Michelle Garcia Winner and 8 State guest speakers at our 2nd Alaska State Autism Conference.
In addition to the conference, Paige Talvi put together an amazing evening event, a silent auction beer and wine tasting fundraiser.
Partnered with Alaska Autism Resource Center and Stone Soup Group to host a presentation for running your own support group.
Fairbanks hosted the first Wings for All program in partnership with The Arch of Anchorage and FRA.
Joshua attended a community outreach event on Fort Wainwright.
Host our 4th Annual Sensory Santa event.
The Autism Society of Alaska is approaching GivingTuesday a little different this year. Instead of asking for Y-O-U to give to US, we want to take the day to THANK you for all the giving you have done all year long. Without YOU we do not exist.
We would like to give a ThankfulTuesday shoutout to all of the volunteers who have positively impacted ASA with their generosity. Here are a few we want to take some time to focus on from 2017:
Caitlin Frye, our grant writer
Amanda Lash, our walk director for our 9th Annual 5k
Paige Talvi and her entire team, ran our Beer and Wine Tasting Silent Auction
Gene Lunney, donated the Roundup Steakhouse, food, and alcohol for our auction
George and Amy Viltrakis, our Sensory Santa and his wife
Scott Lonergan, Event Graphic Design Consultant
Mark Christensen, Tech support
We also want to thank all of our board members from the past and all of our current members:
Brandy Raby, President
Denys Collins, Secretary
Dawn Ham, Treasurer
Joshua Kamerick, Board Member who Experiences Autism
Alana Frazier, Board Member in the Professional Field
Heidi Haas, Founding Honorary Board Member
Betsey Jacobs, Honorary Board Member
*If you would like to volunteer your time, talent or treasure to ASA please connect with us. It takes every type of skill to keep an organization running.
2017 9th Annual 5k for Autism:
Greer Tank and Welding
Kinross Fort Knox
Fairbanks Native Association
Ear Nose and Throat
Madden Real Estate
96.9 River 98.1 k-Wolf
2017 2nd Annual Alaska Autism Conference:
Alaska Mental Health Trust Grant
UAF School of Ed
302 Operators Union
Laborers’ Local 942
Mt McKinley Bank
Fairbanks Memorial hospital
2017 4th Annual Sensory Santa:
Safety is important to the mission of us at ASA. Without our fantastic safety partners we can not achieve our mission! Thank you to both Alaska State Troopers Project Lifesaver and
UAF CTC Law Enforcement Safety Training for reaching out to us to partner.
There are so many more sponsors, partners, and volunteers we would like to thank. Without each and every one of you, nothing we do would be possible. As a non profit, we rely heavily on those that support us in many different ways. Thank you!
*Donations are tax deductible if you would like to still take part in GivingTuesday. You can donate online by visiting http://www.asagoldenheart.org/donate OR send donations to: 607 Old Steese Hwy, Suite B #285 Fairbanks, Alaska 99701 & make checks out to: Autism Society of Alaska.