HHBMedia | Special Needs Network - Seventh Annual Pink Pump Affair

I had a beautiful time attending The Seventh Annual Pink Pump Affair this afternoon. And if you're unfamiliar with this powerful event, it's a fundraising gala supporting underserved families who are touched by Autism. With this year's theme being Viva Las Vegas and hosted by CBS2 Anchor and Award-winning Broadcast Journalist Pat Harvey, I knew I was in for a treat.

Awards for philanthropy and advocacy were given, with Hollywood-beauty Nicole Ari Parker winning this year's Trailblazer Award. St. John kicked off the gala with their Couture Fashion Show - showcasing pieces heavily inspired by Former First Lady Nancy Reagan.

From the V.I.P. reception to the High Tea, a constant presence of warmth and sisterhood was felt amongst those in attendance. Smiles complimented the sea of pink attire throughout the venue.

Even more inspiring was Areva Martin, Esq.'s amazing story of how founding the Special Needs Network helped to change not only her family's life, but support so many other families in need. SNN was created to raise awareness of the issues affecting those living with Autism in underserved and marginalized communities. Areva's son was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2 and she continuously pays it forward by sharing the knowledge she's obtained about the disability with others.

Today, Autism affects 1 in 68 children, and 1 in 42 boys; boys are nearly 5 times more likely than girls to have Autism (facts provided by autismspeaks.org).

It's no secret that when it comes to Autism, a significant amount of folks are ignorant to the statistics and the impact that it has on families. Organizations like SNN are one of the pioneers helping to equip families of Autistic loved ones with the knowledge and support they need to live happy and healthy lives.

This year's Pink Pump Affair was expected to raise approximately $200,000, and the funds will be used to send children with disabilities of low-income families to summer camp.

What better of an event to raise both awareness and resources in an effort to spread the good news - pressing this commendable movement forward.


*** This piece was originally published on HHBMedia.com in May 2015