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2019 Costumes & Cocktails Fall Gala Even

Humboldt Autism Alliance is excited to bring you the 3rd Annual Costumes & Cocktails event on Saturday, October 19th, 2019.  This year we are holding this fun costumed event at the Sequoia Conference Center, in Eureka from 5:30-10:30 pm.  Expect so many fun things to be going on throughout the night such as, silent and live auctions with your favorite local, Rex Bohn, and dancing and photo booth by Lightning BOOM Productions, or costume contests for individual or group costume!  We'll also have all kinds of great things for you to join in on to win great prizes.  We'll see you there!

Don't miss out on our Early Bird ticket pricing right now too!  Check out the event page to purchase your tickets now.  Make sure to snag your tickets now at this special pricing while it still lasts!  But remember, you can get this same deal all the way up until the event if you get 7 of your closest friends to join you at a table for the event!  

You can also find submissions on the event page for the Autism Ally Award.  Do you have someone in your life who puts in extra effort, time and love; someone that defines kindness and compassion and always goes the extra mile for your loved one with autism?  This could be anyone from a respite worker, a speech therapist, a teacher or aide, to a doctor, an advocate or friend and so on.  Submit your nomination with a brief essay telling us what this person does that is extraordinary and how their efforts have impacted the life of someone with autism.  Click here to find more info on the Autism Ally Award and to submit your nominee!

Keep an eye out for more details about our event!  

Fall Aquatics Grants Open Now!!

The Fall 2019 Aquatics Grant is now open!  To fill out your applications or request a renewal, please find the applicaitons on the Aquactics Grant page.  The application period will be open from September 1st-September 15th.  We only have 25 spots per quarter so please be sure to get your application or renewal in this period.  As always, if we are not able to get you in for the Fall Quarter, you will be placed on the Wait List and receive a spot for the Winter Quarter.  

2019 Education Grant Recipients!!
This year we had the opportunity to bring back our Education Grants. It was our honor to give all of these incredible Humboldt County educators some help with all of the amazing things they are doing with their classes. It is so inspiring to meet so many local educators and hear how they are going to help our autism community in the coming years with these grants. Congratulations to everyone that received a grant, and thank you so very much for taking the time to send in your applications! Each application was so thoughtful and personal. These people are truly incredible individuals and it shone through their applications.
New Aquatics Facility Added

FAAN is pleased to announce our new partnership with Arcata Community Pool!  We are so excited to have another great business working with us and are happy that our grant will be more accessible to people in other areas of our county.  Applicants will now have the option of a 1st and 2nd choice facility during the application process.  Arcata Community Pool is currently able to accommodate up to five of our grant recipients per quarter.  Grants will continue to be awarded by random draw.

Thank you Soroptimist International of Eureka!

Thank you so much for having FAAN President, Kaileigh Klammes, out for your meeting to discuss Autism with all of you ladies.  It was a wonderful day full of great talks, a yummy lunch, and an awesome donation towards our programs.  Thank you so much for caring for our local community!  We appreciate you so much.  

Thank you Elk's Lodge!!

Thank you so much to the Eureka Elk’s Lodge for your $2,000 grant to our Aquatics Grant Program. We appreciate your help so very much and would not be able to continue our programs and events without help like this. 

Thank you Bear River Casino!!

This year we have built the most amazing bond with Bear River Casino Resort and their wonderful staff.  Today, our Board of Directors had the incredible opportunity to witness our local community come together and yet again do a truly amazing, kind, selfless thing for our organization.  We spent the day at the beautiful Redwood Empire Golf & Country Club for Bear River's Annual Charity Golf Tournament.  This year we were chosen as the beneficiary for the tournament and I don't think we have ever felt so lucky!  We got to hang out and talk to all of the teams as they came by for the chipping and putting competition, then enjoy a fun BBQ lunch and raffle back at the casino where they presented us with the largest donation they have ever made for this event, and the largest donation we as a Board have received!  $32,000!!!  Words cannot fully explain just how grateful we are to have been chosen as beneficiary, but I do know that we are all so happy and excited for what a donation like this can mean for FAAN. 

To everyone from Bear River Casino that helped organize this event, thank you so very much for your hard work!  To every business and individual that donated or sponsored this tournament, thank you for helping us in our future endeavors!  To all of the golfers that came out in the fog and mist, thank you so much for wanting to be there to support FAAN!

If you were in any way a part of the event, please keep an eye out for incredible things to come in the near future for our organization and our local autism community, and know that you helped!  From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Thank you Humboldt Sponsors!!

This April we were so very fortunate to be one of the local organizations to receive a grant from Humboldt Sponsors. Humboldt Sponsors generously donated $1,500 towards our Aquatics Grant to help support the five new grants we added this year. Thank you so much for what you ladies do year round and for continuing to support FAAN in our endeavors too! We appreciate you all so much. Humboldt Sponsors was founded in 1971 and is a locally based Non Profit Organization dedicated to raising funds solely to benefit the youth of Humboldt County. This year alone they were able to donate $110,450 to local youth groups and Non Profit Organizations of all kinds. For more information on Humboldt Sponsors please visit their website at www.humboldtsponsors.org.

Five additional Aquatics Grants added!

FAAN is pleased to announce the opening of five additional Aquatics Grants! Our Aquatics Grant program has been extremely popular and has operated at capacity for many months, creating a lengthy wait list. Please keep an eye out for our upcoming Autism Awareness Month Business Takeovers in April. The success of our fundraising events directly determines the number of grants and programs that FAAN is able to offer. Thanks for your support!

Congratulations to our 1st ever Autism Ally Award recipient, Ashlee Zima!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to write a nomination letter. Every letter we received touched our hearts! It was VERY difficult to choose a winner, and for a while I thought we were going to have to draw one of the letters out of a hat! However, we could not ignore that Ashlee Zima was nominated by TWO different people!!!

Ashlee, you are clearly an amazing woman and we look forward to meeting you! We hope you will be able to attend the 1st Annual Costumes & Cocktails Fall Gala on October 28th, along with Lauren Boone and Joseph Blaine, to receive your award! We will be contacting you all soon with the details.