This blog post is by Autism Speaks staff Kerry Magro. Kerry, an adult who has autism, is a graduate student at Seton Hall University and is filming a video series called “Kerry’s Korner” for Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue Initiative. Kerry recently started a new video blog called “My Autism My Voice,” where he discusses a variety of topics. If you would like to contact him directly about questions/comments related to this post he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or through his Facebook page here.
On March 8th, I had the opportunity to attend the 3rd annual Lindt Gold Bunny Celebrity Auction Event in Midtown New York just outside The New York Palace. More than 75 celebrities participated in the auction where they each autographed a porcelain Lindt Gold Bunny figure. Celebrities that were involved included stars such as Celine Dion, Joan Rivers, Tim Tebow, Betty White, Billy Crystal, Barbara Streisand, Carmelo Anthony and Drew Brees.
Celebrities also in attendance included Holly Robinson Peete who is a National Board Member for Autism Speaks and who has a son with autism. This was also a very special occasion for Lindt as it was their 60th anniversary as well.
For this episode I share my thoughts on the event along with some footage I took while there. Overall, the kickoff was a great success and it was amazing to have an opportunity to be a part of it!
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Kerry's Korner theme song written and produced by Kyle Cousins.
“It’s like I don’t have autism when I’m on stage”. For Kyle, being on stage unleashes his boundless creativity and allows him a place where he can totally be himself and feel free of all rules. Offstage, Music has been a great gift to his life. He has been singing since childhood and music has also became a tool to unlock vocabulary. On discovering that he could write music during high school it literally opened a new world for him. It allowed him a way to express his feelings and insights about himself and others that had not been available to him before. Kyle says that what he loves about writing music is that “there are no rules”.