Pieces of Hope Benefit! Our 2015 Pieces of Hope Benefit was a night of fun, cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, auctions, and live entertainment! We appreciate everyone who joined us on April 11, supporting the valuable services Autism Tennessee provides to the Middle TN autism community! Donations Please click here if you would like to make a donation to Autism Tennessee. Sponsors Special thanks to the following sponsors for their support! Supporting Sponsors Jason & Stephanie Brown Community Partners Mr. & Mrs. Dudley C Richter Dr. & Mrs. Richard Tomichek The Weissert Family Friends of Autism Tennessee Special Thanks to the Following Businesses for their Generous Contributions: Event Details Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015 Time: 6:30 Cocktails Served, 7:00 pm Event Begins Location: The Factory at Franklin, Liberty Hall, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin, TN 37064 Entertainment Ben Liske We had a special performance by Ben Liske, a young man on the autism spectrum and 2015 VSA Young Soloist Winner! Ben Liske was diagnosed with Autism and probable cognitive deficits at the age of 23 months. Today, Ben is accelerated two full academic grades, and is currently a 14 year-old high school junior at the University School of Nashville. Passionate about music, art, advanced mathematics, physics, cryptanalysis and Knot Theory—just to name a few interests—Ben is a well-rounded young man. Ben is also a lifetime member of Mensa Honors Society, as well as a Davidson Institute for Young Scholar, Duke TIP Program, and Vanderbilt Summer Academy. Most importantly, Ben also has a passion for giving back to the Autism community—he was the 2006 Autism Society of America poster child for the Voice of Autism campaign, was featured in the 2008 Dan Marino Foundation Autism Self-Advocacy Network PSA, and the 2015 PBS documentary, “Autism in America”. Most recently, Ben was the Tennessee VSA 1st Place Young Soloist winner, and has performed piano and vocals for countless state local and national charity events in support of early intervention and research for Autism. Ben views himself as a “twice-exceptional, neuro-diverse” individual and is thankful for the ongoing love and support of the Nashville Community. The Authorities Music throughout the evening was provided by The Authorities! A film director, a composer, a fire chief, and a firefighter-paramedic. So describes the Core Four of THE AUTHORITIES, Franklin and South Nashville’s favorite rocking dance party band. Formed in 2011 with their recording and subsequent mini-tour of the album XO, based on New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Deaver’s novel, this band of misfit musicians rocks every house they play as a foursome, or the ‘big sound’ when duty calls, in between 4-alarm fires, movie premieres and soundtrack recordings. 70’s and 80’s rock and pop music is their thing, sprinkled with a little Motown and funk. Howie Klausner, Joe Polenzani, John Russ and Ken Landers are The Authorities on dance party musical fun, joined this Saturday night by West Coast Guitar Authority Ron Eng, and Vocal Authority Derrick Harris. Prepare to rock… Hors d’oeuvres & Desserts Heavy Hors d’oeuvres Provided by The Food Company! Baby Green Salad – Spinach with Spiced Croutons, Shaved Red Onion, Parmesan and a Red Wine Vinaigrette Cowboy Caviar and Chips Petite Roast Beef Sandwiches Smoked Pulled Chicken with Jalapeno Corn Johnny Cakes and Alabama White Sauce (Johnny Cakes and white sauce on the side) Vegetarian Black-eyed Pea Cakes with Chipotle Aioli on the side Roasted Potatoes with Garlic Oil Desserts were donated by Nothing Bundt Cakes and SweetAbility Bakery! Puzzle Piece Shaped Short Bread Cookies Strawberry, White and Chocolate Cake Pops Assorted flavored Mini Bundt Cakes SweetAbility Bakery SweetAbility Bakery is owned and operated by Chelle Baldwin, mother of a young woman who has Autism, Apraxia of Speech and an Intellectual Disability. Believing that work should be something you enjoy doing while also providing for your family, Chelle has found a way to find fulfillment for herself and for individuals with disabilities. As SweetAbliity Bakery expands so will the opportunity for people who are differently abled to work at the bakery. Chelle’s mission for the bakery is to have fun, create, and be empowered. From cake pops to candy, custom cookies and cakes we hope you will check out our sweet abilities at SweetAbilityBakery.com. Ticket Information All-inclusive Tickets: $85 per person + $10 late fee Patron-level Tickets: $135 per person (Event patrons are listed in the program and the website.) Group Tickets: $450 for 6 all-inclusive tickets Table of Tickets: $1,000 for a reserved table for 8 This option is no longer available. All proceeds from Pieces of Hope go to support Autism Tennessee’s advocacy, service and education for individuals living with an autism spectrum disorder, their families and their surrounding communities. Purchase Tickets Online purchasing is no longer available. Raffle – 2015 SEC Championship Football Game! Autism Tennessee raffled off 2 tickets to the 2015 SEC Championship Football Game! Kim Abate won… 2 Tickets to the SEC Championship Football Game! Atlanta Georgia December 5, 2015 A $500 Visa Gift card that can be used for travel and accommodations!