MELBOURNE, FLA.—More than 260 people attended An Evening of Hope III, which brought in over $190,000 for the Florida Institute of Technology Scott Center for Autism Treatment. The event was held recently at the Lotus Lake, Merritt Island, home of Ed and Cheryl Scott, benefactors of the Center.
“We raised the funds through sponsorships, a live auction and a Rolex watch raffle. People responded extremely generously to all these efforts,” said J. Carey Gleason, Florida Tech associate vice president, development and community relations.
The Rolex, a Model 16610 Rolex Oyster men’s watch, was valued at $6,000 and donated by Kempf’s Jewelers.
A portion of the funds raised from this year’s Evening of Hope will go towards the creation of a resource room for parents and teachers. It will be located on the second floor of the Scott Center.
The Scott Center opened in October 2009. It provides treatment, education and training for persons with autism spectrum disorders and their families from Brevard, Indian River, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties. The center implements research-based practices, partners with schools and families and collaborates with other professionals in this new facility.
The center’s website is http://research.fit.edu/scottcenter/