ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- 1 in 68 people are affected by the Autism Spectrum Disorder according to the Autism Program of Easterseals. The program is working to raise awareness of the disorder at the 6th annual Autism Awareness Night with the Rockford IceHogs.
The event raises funds and awareness for the Autism Program of Easterseals in Rockford. The event included activities, such as a scavenger hunt and autism information booths. The IceHogs player's significant others sold 700 mystery pucks with the IceHogs and Chicago Blackhawks players autographs. They also hosted a silent auction for gift baskets that contained some of the player's favorite items to bid on. For every ticket sold, a donation of $5 was donated to Easterseals.
"Mainly we just want to bring awareness to the fact that they are people just like we are. They have wants and needs just like we do so we just want everybody to be treated and help them get the services and support that they need so that they can be the best person that they can be," Lori Davie, the Program Manager for the Autism Program of Easterseals.
The program's goal is to raise $25,000. Davie says without this event, Easterseals doors would have closed 3 years ago because all its services are free of charge. She says the community is really helping to keep their doors open by making donations.