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‘Heroes for Autism’ Silent and Live Auction Set At Osage Casino for March 25

3/15/2017

The 2nd Annual “Heroes for Autism” Silent and Live Auction will be held March 25 at the Osage Hotel and Casino in Ponca City. Tickets are available now for purchase online at http://tickets.osagecasinos.com. Tickets are $35 and will include the “Fireside BBQ Buffet,” two drink tickets and an evening of fun! The event will be emceed by Sean Anderson and the live auctioneer will be Scott Hayes.

Some of the donated items to be bid on this year include: Bob Stoops autographed football, “Surf and Turf” Dinner for 8, a side of beef with processing, a Pioneer Woman statue, Oklahoma City Dodgers weekend package, and a Cookshack smoker just to name a few. The Osage Hotel and Casino has set aside a block of rooms for the event. Contact the casino to make your reservation.

For Auction ticket purchases, to donate or volunteer with the organization please contact Stephanie Blum at 580-761-8083 or Jennifer Johnson at 580-304-2325 or email positiveimpactok@gmail.com.

What Is Autism?

Autism is a developmental disorder that affects brain functions, specifically the areas that control social behaviors and communication skills. The CDC estimates that 1 in 68 children have autism, however the CDC has acknowledged that its estimate has significant limitations, and according to a new government survey of parents the number has risen to 1 in 45 children, ages 3 through 17, that have autism spectrum disorder. Michael Rosanoff, the director for public health research at Autism Speaks has stated, “The 1 in 45 estimate is not surprising and is likely a more accurate representation of autism prevalence in the United States. This means that 2 percent of children in the US are living with autism. The earlier they have access to care, services and treatment, the more likely they are to progress.”

What can Positive Impact do for Ponca City families affected by Autism?

Positive Impact of Oklahoma is a 501 c 3 non-profit corporation founded to provide assistance to individuals under age 18 who have been diagnosed with Autism or a developmental disability in Kay County, Oklahoma or surrounding areas. The organization came to thought at a support group meeting for families affected by Autism in the Northern Oklahoma area. During these meetings it soon became apparent that there is a serious need for the availability of local services. Some parents were and still are driving to Oklahoma City, Tulsa, or Wichita to be able to get quality care for their children. Positive Impact was founded in May of 2015 to bring these services to our community.

Thanks to cooperation from the Opportunity Center, a building on their campus will become the “Autism Support Center.” The center will provide early intervention services to maximize the potential of children with special needs by providing individualized, family centered therapy services including occupational therapy and speech therapy when they first open, and hope to add physical therapy and ABA therapy as the center grows. Right now, Positive Impact is in the initial stages of finding therapists, ordering equipment and promoting services for the center to open in 2017. So far they have relied solely on donations and fundraisers to provide funding for this operation, and the community has graciously supported their efforts. The organization has raised over $70,000 in the last two years.

To fund the programs at the Autism Support Center, Positive Impact of Oklahoma promotes several annual fundraisers: “Heroes for Autism” Silent and Live Auction; “Sparking Awareness for Autism” Fireworks Stand; and “Carter’s Run,” a 5K and children’s run.

For Auction ticket purchases, to donate or volunteer with the organization please contact Stephanie Blum at 580-761-8083 or Jennifer Johnson at 580-304-2325 or email positiveimpactok@gmail.com.

A BUILDING on the Opportunity Center campus will become the

A BUILDING on the Opportunity Center campus will become the "Autism Support Center." The center will provide early intervention services to maximize the potential of children with special needs by providing individualized, family centered therapy services including occupational therapy and speech therapy when they first open, and hope to add physical therapy and ABA therapy as the center grows. Right now, Positive Impact is in the initial stages of finding therapists, ordering equipment and promoting services for the center to open in 2017. A fundraiser for Positive Impact will be held on Saturday, March 25 at the Osage Casino.

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