(From left to right) Eric and Karen London, co-founders NAAR; Mark Roithmayr, President, Autism Speaks; Suzanne and Bob Wright, Co-Founders Autism Speaks; Glenn Tringali, Executive Vice President, Autism Speaks at the Metropolitan Club.
Autism Speaks founders Suzanne and Bob Wright hosted a reception on Monday, February 27, to celebrate the recent merger of Autism Speaks and the National Alliance for Autism Research. More than 175 guests showed up for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the Metropolitan Club in New York City to join in the festivities. Among the guests were the co-founders of NAAR, Karen and Eric London, along with board members, staff, and volunteers of both organizations.
The evening's speakers included Ann Gibbons, past chair of NAAR's board of directors and now a member of the Autism Speaks board; Bob and Suzanne Wright; Karen London; Mark Roithmayr, president of Autism Speaks; Glenn Tringali, past president of NAAR and now executive vice president of Autism Speaks; and Dr. Gary Goldstein, chair of Autism Speaks's scientific advisory committee.
In her remarks, Mrs. Wright pointed out that Autism Speaks passed its one-year anniversary on February 25. Her proudest moment, she said, was the merger between Autism Speaks and NAAR, when "we became a national organization." Mr. Wright emphasized that "Autism Speaks and the National Alliance for Autism Research are now one, incredibly powerful organization" and he acknowledged the importance of NAAR's grassroots efforts across the country. During the evening program, guests were also treated to a video highlighting both organizations' achievements.
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