MELBOURNE, FLA. — Dozens of generous sponsors contributed auction items to help “An Evening of Hope,” held recently to benefit the Scott Center for Autism
Treatment, raise more than $123,000. The center, currently under construction at Florida Institute of Technology, is expected to open this fall.
Major auction contributors included award-winning, family-owned and operated Kempf’s Jewelers, donating a Black Tahitian Pearl strand, which brought in
$6,800, and Derek Gores, a local mixed media artist who donated two original pieces to the auction. The pieces were auctioned for $11,000.
Other major supporters included Al Neuharth and Dr. Rachel Fornes; Cort Sutton and Sutton Properties; John and Susan Hopkins and Berman, Hopkins, Wright
& LaHam; and Florida Today. Tom and Polly Molnar were event chairs.
Donating $1,000 or more were: Ed and Jeanne Andre, Dr. Aldino and Camille Cellini, Jeff Cleveland of Clear Choice Healthcare, Joe and Pennie DiPrima of
Construction, Dave and Amy Christiano, Devereux Florida, Greg and Leasha Flammio-Watson, Health First, Lawrence and Mary Beth Kenkel, Stephen and Jennifer
Lacey, Eulan and Colleen Middlebrooks, Mark and Kim Mikolajczyk, MIMA, Tom and Polly Molnar, Susan Morse of Morgan Stanley, Dr. Jeffrey and Claudia
O’Brien, the Roub Family Foundation, Theisen Development Inc. and Mitch and Kathryn Varnes.
The event was also sponsored by corporate contributions and in-kind donations.
The Scott Center for Autism Treatment, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to providing treatment, training and applied research to enhance the
functioning and improve the quality of the lives of children with autism and related disabilities. To make a donation, or for more information, call
(321) 674-8104 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.