· Participating Concerts: The Monkees- September 7th , Rick Springfield -September 8th , Cyndi Lauper & Dr. John- October 15th, and The Doobie Brothers, November 2nd show time for all shows: 8pm
· VIP Packages are $375 and include
o 2 Orchestra seats
o Admission to the VIP post-event hosted by a WCBS FM DJ; performing artists are invited
o Wine & beer / cheese & dessert to be served
(Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey-July 27, 2011) bergenPAC and WCBS FM have teamed up to present The Fall Series which include superstar performances by The Monkees, Rick Springfield, Cyndi Lauper with special guest Dr. John and The Doobie Brothers. The VIP Packages for each of these shows will benefit Communities of Autism, aiding autistic adults. The concerts will take place at bergenPAC in Englewood, New Jersey 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey.
After ten years of playing an important role in supporting the need for early intervention services for children with autism, Cresskill Resident Matt Ross, Founder of the highly successful “The Kids Foundation”, has shifted his successful fundraising energies to focus on the growing needs for adults with autism. Ross has started a new organization called “Communities for Autism”. “The cost to society is going to be extremely high if we don’t provide quality, thoughtful, compassionate care for this growing population”, said Ross who is also Chairman of the new organization. “Communities for Autism” believes the best housing solutions should be paired with community, recreation and vocational programs to provide the end-to-end quality of life that autistic adults deserve.
Nationwide, there are over 500,000 children identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder who will enter adulthood over the next ten years. While every child diagnosed on the Autism spectrum in America is guaranteed educational services until the age of 21, those services diminish significantly for those over the age of 21. There is not enough housing, adequate services or funds to ensure that individuals with autism are supported to live safe, independent, and productive lives. Most states have long waiting lists for housing. In New Jersey, the waiting list exceeds 8,000.
The mission of “Communities for Autism” is to identify the best programs and provide development grants to help increase the supply of housing and integrated resources for adults with autism. Chaired by Matt Ross, Richard Katzenstein serves as Vice Chairman and Andria Somers is the organization’s Executive Director.
“I have watched the storm clouds brewing and there is a crisis on America’s doorstep, said Ross. “I believe that this will be among the most compelling needs over the next 20 years for our country.”
About Communities for Autism: Our goal is to help increase the supply of housing and integrated resources for the growing adult autism population by generating awareness and acting as an advocate for adults with autism. “Communities for Autism” raises funds to support the best and most innovative programs and providers. “Communities for Autism” also partners with public and private organizations building a community of people that will help to change the lives for autistic adults and their families. Communities for Autism, One Bridge Plaza North, Suite 275, Fort Lee, NJ 07024www.communitiesforautism.org
30 North Van Brunt Street
Englewood, NJ 07631
201 227 1030
About Bergen Performing Arts Center: Known as The John Harms Center for 27 years, this cultural hub in Englewood, has been reborn as Bergen Performing Arts Center or bergenPAC. This 1367- seat theater is a landmark, and in its eighth season as bergenPAC it remains one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States. The legendary Tony Bennett and Canadian crooner k.d. lang recorded their 2003 Grammy award-winning CD live on bergenPAC’sown stage through a broadband fiber-optic connection with Bennett Studios. bergenPAC is the home of a media production system that is unparalleled, upholding its reputation as a venue for outstanding music, dance and theater. As a non-profit corporation, bergenPAC has thrived thanks to the aid and generosity of sponsors, donors and patrons.
For ticket information Box Office: Phone: (201) 227-1030