Rock n’ Roll Gala for Autism kicks-off Autism Awareness Month

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Anova event to lay the foundation for a state-of-the-art autism school.

Anova's Rock n' Roll Gala for Autism

Rock n' Roll Gala for Autism

We need a home,” says Andrew Bailey, Anova’s Co-founder. “We don’t have a library, gym or cafeteria. There’s no play area. The new Anova Center for Education in Marin will set the standard for education of children with autism.

Anova (, a Northern California non-profit providing innovative education and treatment services to children living with autism, invites the community to a grand kick-off to Autism Awareness Month at their 2nd annual Rock n’ Roll Gala for Autism. The Gala will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Fenix in San Rafael, an elegant fine dining and live music venue. The funds raised will support Anova’s mission to create a critically needed school specializing in autism treatment and serving as a comprehensive community resource for Marin County.

With autism affecting 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys), Anova’s current location in San Rafael is not sufficient to serve the growing demand of children that require specialized services. “We need a home,” says Andrew Bailey, Anova’s Co-founder. “We don’t have a library, gym or cafeteria. There’s no play area. The new Anova Center for Education in Marin will set the standard for education of children with autism in the Bay Area and throughout California.”

Last year’s Gala was a great success with the community raising nearly $200,000 toward their CARE Campaign’s capital goal. Anova is proud to have Congressman Jared Huffman returning this year as the Gala’s Honorary Chair. With the continued support of Mayor Willie Brown, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Senator Mike McGuire, and a host of dedicated community members serving on the Honorary Committee, this year’s gala, themed Don’t Stop Believin’ with legendary rock performed by Journey Revisited, is sure to be a memorable evening.

Anova won’t stop believing that their dream to build a critically needed new home for their ACE Marin campus will become a reality. Your support is still needed to help our children, families, friends, and neighbors living with autism. Anova invites you to contribute in making a difference in their lives, and the future of ACE Marin by joining them at the Rock n’ Roll Gala for Autism. Each guest will enjoy delicious appetizers, a three-course dinner paired with premier local wines while dancing to rock n’ roll favorites. Raffle prizes include an exclusive wine country dinner for 10, weekend in a beautiful Lake Tahoe cabin for 8, a water adventure package, and so much more…

Sponsorship opportunities are available which include a pre-event VIP Champagne Reception from 6-7pm. Event tickets to the Rock n’ Roll Gala for Autism are $175 per person with doors opening at 7pm. To purchase sponsorship packages or tickets online, please go to: Anova thanks Gold Sponsor Fireman’s Fund for their support.

Anova founders, Andrew Bailey and Mary Beth Ludwig, were recently nominated for the 2015 American Red Cross Real Heroes Award for their dedication to helping children with special needs. To learn more information about Anova, please visit their website at: or watch this short video produced by Joey Travolta’s Inclusion Films: Read more about Anova in NorthBay Biz Magazine's article "On the Spectrum" Grab a sneak peek of Journey Revisited performing "Don’t Stop Believin’"

About Anova
Anova is a non-profit provider of education and services to children and families living with autism and learning differences. Serving over 500 children daily, Anova specializes in the treatment of autism addressing the related social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. In addition to Anova’s three K-12 schools in San Rafael, Santa Rosa, and Concord, CA, they also provide behavioral services, early intervention, and paraprofessional support throughout 15 counties across California. Andrew Bailey developed the proprietary “Anova Method of Education”, and was appointed by Senator Noreen Evans as the Chair of the North Coast Area Regional Task Force on Autism and Related Disorders. Mary Beth Ludwig was honored as Sonoma County’s Home Town Hero in 2014.

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