FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2011
Contact: Cathy Donohue, Account Manager
Millennium Integrated Marketing
877-873-7445 ext. 204
(Concord, New Hampshire) – A calendar featuring original artwork from a local seven-year-old girl with autism is on sale now at area businesses to raise both autism awareness and funds for Community Bridges, the Concord-based agency that connects individuals with disabilities and their families with resources that help them achieve positive growth and change.
The calendar fundraiser was launched by Cassie Rasmussen of Penacook, NH, who is the mother of two children on the autism spectrum. Rasmussen believes the fundraiser is an important way for her to give back to Community Bridges, which has provided her family with so much support over the past five years. It’s also a way to highlight the therapeutic benefits her daughter Larissa has gained from doing artwork.
“Both my daughter Larissa, 7, and my son Kaysten, 5, are on the autism spectrum,” said Rasmussen. “Community Bridges has been with my family every step of the way, from their initial diagnoses to the ongoing therapy and support they continue to receive. I was looking for a way to show my appreciation for everything they’ve done for my family – and other families like mine. I came upon the idea of a calendar because it gave me a chance to showcase Larissa’s work as well.”
The calendars are $10 each and are on sale now through January at a number of local outlets including Granite State Natural Foods and Immanuel Community Church in Concord, and Penacook Elementary School and the Tedeschi Food Shop in Penacook. Rasmussen plans to hold an event at the Friendly’s on Main Street in Concord in early February to donate the proceeds of the fundraiser to Roy Gerstenberger, executive director of Community Bridges.
“Cassie has done a fantastic job organizing this fundraiser,” said Gerstenberger. “We are truly honored that she has chosen to donate the proceeds to Community Bridges in recognition of the hard work that our dedicated staff and partners do to support individuals experiencing disabilities in our community and their families.”
Community Bridges connects individuals with disabilities and their families with resources that help them achieve positive growth and change. By managing a support network of community resources, Community Bridges matches individuals with disabilities to opportunities that help them realize their greatest potential through an individualized plan.
Serving individuals with disabilities of all ages and financial backgrounds, Community Bridges is a not-for-profit organization that solidifies funding and fosters relationships with a trusted network of organizations throughout the community to ensure the best opportunities for individuals in the areas of Early Childhood Support, Residential and Day Services, Career Development, Homecare Services, Self-Directed Services, and Individual and Family Support. For more information call 603-225-4153 or visit www.communitybridgesnh.org.