Autism Activities Take Center Stage in Atlanta


Autism Speaks co-founders Bob and Suzanne Wright were honored Nov. 10 by The Marcus Institute for their work on behalf of children with autism. The Wrights were honored at Big Splash III, a black tie reception and dinner at the Georgia Aquarium benefiting the Marcus Institute and hosted by Billi and Bernie Marcus. The event featured entertainment by two-time Grammy winner Michael Bolton.

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On Nov. 9, the Wrights attended the National Autism Conference in Atlanta, where their daughter Katie Wright delivered a keynote address. Autism Speaks was the beverage sponsor for the event, providing free refreshments for conference attendees. The Wrights also met with leaders from the National Autism Association (NAA) and SafeMinds.


From left, Bob and Suzanne Wright, with Deborah Liss, the Big Splash III event chair, and her husband Bill Liss, the event's MC


Georgia Walk for Autism co-chair Jeff Chiusano, left, with the Wrights


Suzanne and Bob Wright at the Georgia Aquarium

Michael Bolton peforming and wearing the Autism Speaks puzzle pin


From left, Bob Wright, NAA board member Scott Bono, Suzanne Wright, NAA co-founder Laura Bono, Katie Wright, SafeMinds President and co-founder Lyn Redwood, NAA President Wendy Fournier, Mark Roithmayr, Jim Moody of SafeMinds


From left, Autism Speaks President Mark Roithmayr, Suzanne Wright, Katie Wright and Bob Wright