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High School Hosts "Listen Up!" Benefit Concert for Autism Speaks

This post was written by Natalie Spangle, the President of Mamaroneck High School's Autism Awareness Club. Spangle organized a successful fundraising concert for Autism Speaks. Read her thoughts about the night below.

On Saturday, December 13th, 2014, the the Mamaroneck High School Autism Awareness Club organized a concert in the PACE theatre called “Listen Up! A Benefit Concert for Autism Speaks." It was a great evening of music performed by talented high school students, and we were honored to have Liz Feld, the president of Autism Speaks (and former mayor of our hometown of Larchmont!) as our special guest.

The event was a huge success and we raised over $8,000 for AutismCares. The experience of setting up the concert was pretty similar to that of riding a rollercoaster — terrifying, thrilling, full of ups and downs along the way, but in the end extremely satisfying (and in fact, I’m still kind of riding the high from the whole event).

From the start, I knew it was quite ambitious, and that pulling it off would require a lot of solid support. I’m very very fortunate to have received this from so many sources — my fantastic co-organizer for the event and VP of the club, Dana Herbsman, school faculty, friends (including the amazing performers), family, various members of our community who donated to the cause, and of course, Autism Speaks!

I can’t even express the gratitude I feel when I think of all that everyone did for this event. Without them, I know for a fact that it would not have been even half so successful as it was. When I think about the families that we’re going to help with the money we raised, it just overwhelms me. It was a truly unforgettable experience.


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