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2019 Costumes & Cocktails Fall Gala Event

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!

Check out the event page to purchase your tickets now.  Make sure to snag your tickets now!  But remember, you can get a deal on pricing if you get 7 of your closest friends to join you at a table for the event!  

Keep an eye out for more details about our event!  

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.

Thank You Moose Lodge!

FAAN would like to thank the Eureka Moose Lodge 636 and McKinleyville's Loyal Order of Moose Lodges for all of their help and support this year.  These two lodges have worked together this year to raise over $2,000 for us.  We are so grateful for the amazing people of the Moose Lodge.

For more information on the Moose Lodge and how to contact or donate to their great causes, please visit https://www.mooseintl.org/.

Left to Right: Heather Montgomery, FAAN board member; Leslie Soho, FAAN board secretary; Mitchel Williams, District President of the Moose Lodge; Kaileigh Klammes, FAAN board president; Rachel Williams, FAAN board treasurer.