Autism fund-raiser a success

From left, Jane Condon and Sabine Schoenberg at the event.

From left, Jane Condon and Sabine Schoenberg at the event.

The community recently wined and dined for a good cause at the Friends of Autistic People’s (FAP) annual fund-raiser, held at a private residence overlooking Long Island Sound.

The well attended event featured Greenwich comedian and Post contributor, Jane Condon, who kept the guests roaring with laughter. The guests sipped wine and champagne supplied by Horseneck Wine and Liquors on the wraparound terrace overlooking the sound, while trays of food from Festivities kept bellies full.

The keynote address was given by Autism Speaks Executive Vice President Michael Rosen who, among others, spoke touchingly about his own grown son with profound autism.

He emphasized that children with autism grow up to be adults with autism and new projects need to be started to provide services and opportunities for those young adults.

Brita Darany von Regensburg, founder and president of FAP, presented Mr. Rosen with FAP’s Award of Appreciation for his and Autism Speak’s, accomplishments for raising funds for research to find the cause and possibly a cure for autism. Ms. Darany von Regensburg also spoke emotionally about her own daughter who has profound autism and is nonverbal.

Funds raised by the event will be added to FAP’s Farm Fund, which is dedicated to building an organic Farm Academy for adult children with autism.

Donations for the fund are still coming in from those who could not attend and will be graciously appreciated by FAP. You may donate online by visiting or by sending a tax deductible check to FAP at 974 North St. Greenwich CT 06831.

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