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Our annual Cocktail Party fundraiser was once again a great success! This year's honoree is Stella Spanakos, founder and supporter of organizations for the housing, training and employment of autistic youth. Broadway's Laura Dreyfuss entertained our guest with her beautiful music. A lovely evening was had by all, a beautiful venue, good food, and great entertainment. It was a so much fun visiting with friends, neighbors and family while sharing a few minutes with new and interesting people as well. For all who participated, thank you for your generosity, continued support of Hugs Across America and for helping make the evening a success. Special thanks to Hugs' dedicated Board of Trustees!
We look forward to seeing you all next year when you come join us as we raise funds to provide teddy bears for all those youngsters in need of hugs and hope when confronting a traumatic situation.
Join Hugs Across America and friends for our annual cocktail party on Saturday, November 16, 2013, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM at the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. 455 Main Street, Port Washington, NY.
Cost is $100 per person and includes buffet dinner, open wine bar and silent auction. This is our annual fundraiser with proceeds to support our program.
This year we honor Stella Spanakos, founding member of the Elija School for Autism and have also founded two foundation that benefit young adults with special needs; the Nicholas Center for Autism and Spectrum Designs Foundation LTD.
Cocktail party entertainment to be provided by Music from Broadway.
With the worst wildfire in Colorado history more than half-contained, evacuation orders for most of the 35,000 people displaced by the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs were lifted late Sunday, and residents were allowed to return to their homes—or what's left of them.
"To find my mail in my mailbox, unscathed—it's just unreal," C.J. Moore, whose home was "reduced to ashes," told The Associated Press. "Bird baths are fine. Some of the foliage is fine."
The 17,659-acre, 28-square-mile blaze burned at least 346 homes, killed two people and devastated neighborhoods in Colorado Springs.
These people will return to the shelters set up by the American Red Cross, as even thinking about rebuilding in the face of such loss will take months. 200 Hugs Across America teddies await their return and are already in the arms of those who could not get to their residences. For the children such loss is not comprehendible, and a hug from folks who care sure helps
This fire has been referred to as a “super fire” because of the area’s extremely dry conditions, which coupled with high-speed winds — up to 60 mph — cause the flames to hurtle from treetop to treetop and burn so hot that firefighters can’t get close.
Vehicles damaged by a tornado lie in the parking lot of the Henryville Jr./Sr. High School in Henryville, Ind., Saturday, March 3, 2012. A string of violent storms demolished small towns in Indiana and cut off rural communities in Kentucky as an early season tornado outbreak killed more than 30 people, and the death toll rose as daylight broke on Saturday's search for survivors. The local American Red Cross will be placing Hugs teddies on the beds of 4 different shelters set up for the survivors of the town and will also be bringing bears to medical facilities for the injured.
Over 200 bears have arrived to help bring comfort to those who lost so much.