eating outOn Tuesday, April 26th, 2016, the Triangle Chapters (Orange/Chatham, Durham and Wake Counties) are holding their 3rd Annual Dine 4 Autism.

Dine 4 Autism is both a fundraising and autism awareness event. More than 40 restaurants, Triangle-wide, will be donating a portion of their sales — breakfast, lunch and dinner — to support local individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

April is Autism Awareness Month

With 1 in 58 children in North Carolina diagnosed on the autistic spectrum, it is rare to find a family that has not been touched in some way by autism”, said Leslie Welch, Leader of the Wake ASNC Chapter. Despite the numbers, NC autism families do not receive the support that many in the community might expect. Insurance coverage for autism is not required in NC and thousands of families are on waiting lists for services. The Autism Society of NC is a vital resource for these families.

Local ASNC Chapters Provide Support

Proceeds from Dine 4 Autism will fund local volunteer chapters in their mission to support autism families. “Our chapters are very active. We have monthly informational meetings and social events. We offer coffee get-togethers for support. We also help to fund scholarships to Camp Royall, ASNC’s camp located in Pittsboro.”, said Shelagh Kenney, Leader of the ASNC Durham Chapter. 

Community Supporting Community

“Dine 4 Autism is a great example of community supporting community.”, said Lisa Kaylie, board member of the Chatham and Orange ASNC Chapter. “We have been overwhelmed by the support that we are receiving from local restaurants and service suppliers. Everything, even the design and printing of the event posters has been donated by great companies such as The Splinter Group. That means nearly all proceeds from the event will go directly to benefit local families. Autism is a cause that is close to the hearts of many. We hope to see the greater community come out and eat at participating restaurants to support this great cause.