On Sunday, June 1, “An Evening of Purpose,” held at the Ocean House in Dennisport, Mass., raised $100,000 for the New England chapter of Autism Speaks. Ocean House owner and a mother of a child with autism, Janet Hart-Barbato, hosted 450 guests for an evening of entertainment, auctions, raffles and culinary delights by Executive Chef Anthony Silvestri. The highlight of the evening was a vocal duet by Kristopher, Janet's son with autism, and singer Pam Pryor.
Janet Hart-Barbato's son, Kristopher, performs a duet with Pam Pryor.
Janet Hart-Barbato's close family friend, Helen Tager-Flusberg, Ph.D, spoke about her work as a funded Autism Speaks researcher, as well as her leadership role on the board of directors for the New England chapter of Autism Speaks. Tager-Flusberg is currently the director of the National Institute of Health Autism Research Center of Excellence at Boston University and professor of anatomy and neurobiology at Boston University's School of Medicine.
Many thanks to the committee members who made this event such a success: Janet Hart- Barbato, John Terrio, Joseph Colucci, Victoria Martin, Nancy Joyce, Julie Kelley, Kate Ketchum, Jimmy and Kate Mullen, Stephanie Hodgin, Tommy Campbell, Sara Fantom, Pam Pryor, and Susan Curley.
Kristopher with his mother, Janet, the host of "An Evening of Purpose."