Coffee House brews up awareness for autism

Leela Petrie ('08)/ For Eastside

coffeehouse1.jpgThe scent of hot coffee tickles the nose; the energizing live music keeps the crowd tapping its feet; and every penny raises awareness for autism. The East Singers and Thespian Society Coffee House arrives once again to benefit Just 2 Moms.

Just 2 Moms is an organization that prides itself on generating awareness and acceptance for children with autism. This small organization dreams of going national with its educational assemblies that inform others of how autistic children process information differently. 

Everything at the Coffee House is student-made, including the performances. Auditions held on January 3 and 4 opened doors to all sorts of entertainers, including musicians, comedians, actors, poets and dancers.

In addition to student performances, there will be guest speakers including Debbie Schmidt and Christy Carlson, the founders of Just 2 Moms, and Erica Scanlon, former Miss New Jersey, whose sister, Jessica, has autism. 

The experience of the Coffee House benefit can be a thrilling and meaningful one. More support means more acceptance and awareness of autism. The memorable event takes place in Cafeteria 1 on Saturday, January 12, 2008 from 7pm to 10pm.

All are expected to come hungry and full of energy for a great way to help a noble cause.