American Idol Performer Sings at Autism Benefit Concert

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American Idol's Ayla Brown is guest performer at autism benefit concert. Proceeds will benefit The Friendship Network for Children, Inc., a nonprofit organization in Northborough, MA, whose mission is to decrease isolation of children with autism.

Children with autism want to make friends, and they just don't know how-- we can help.

Autism nonprofit organization, The Friendship Network for Children, Inc., announces a benefit concert with guest performer 2006 American Idol contestant Ayla Brown. The concert features Alexis Ohanian, experienced vocalist and Massachusetts native, and other New England musicians. Children from The Friendship Network will also perform.

The concert is on May 2, 2009 from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Mill Pond School in Westborough, Massachusetts. It is made possible with the support of the Westborough Public School Special Education Parent Advisory Council. Tickets cost $15.00 and can be purchased online at The Friendship Network for Children's website.

A 50/50 raffle and silent auction will add to the fun. There will be meet and greet time with Ayla Brown. All proceeds from the concert will benefit socialization programs.

"We want to raise awareness of the emotional world of children with autism," says Nancy Swanberg, Founder and Executive Director of The Friendship Network. Swanberg states, "Children with autism want to make friends, and they just don't know how-- we can help."

Alexis Ohanian, music therapist at The Friendship Network, explains the results of her work. "I have seen children talk for the first time, have successful play dates for the first time, and experience the joys of friendship for the first time in their lives."

For additional information on The Friendship Network for Children, to buy concert tickets, or make a donation, visit http://www.networkforchildren.org

About The Friendship Network for Children, Inc:
An award-winning nonprofit organization in Central Massachusetts serving children with autism, families, and professionals. Their motto, "Friendship is possible!'

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Nancy Swanberg, LMHC, Executive Director
The Friendship Network for Children, Inc
508.393.0030
http://www.networkforchildren.org

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