Giant Steps Junior Board Brings Together Local Businesses to Support April Autism Awareness Month

Local young professionals are ‘Raising the Stakes’ for Giant Steps

Online PR News – 17-April-2014 – Lisle, IL – April is Autism Awareness Month and while many national initiatives are planned to raise funding and promote advocacy, twenty young professionals have partnered with Chicago-area businesses to ‘Raise the Stakes’ for autism.

“The statistics are startling,” said Florence Ann Romano, Giant Steps Junior Board Founder and President. “The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that autism has increased by 30% in the United States, now affecting 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys.”

With the help of area businesses, the Giants Steps Junior Board has planned three community events that aim to increase the visibility of and help support area families impacted by autism:

• Raising the Stakes Casino Night Fundraiser: Tickets are $100 per person and will be available for purchase through April 25 at

The Sweet & Savory Spot: Owners Danielle Kirin and Dan Polak of the Sweet & Savory Spot, Westmont, IL, will donate a portion of their day’s sales on April 24 to Giant Steps. Open 8 am to 9 pm:"_blank" class="highlight_link" rel="nofollow">>

Zamrie’s Clothes for a Cause: A unique collaboration with Ashley Zygmunt, a Chicago self-made clothing designer and founder of Zamrie, has created a custom-made blouse on behalf of Autism Awareness Month. One hundred percent of the proceeds from sales will benefit Giant Steps. Available online through April 30 at

“Raising the Stakes Casino Night is our largest fundraiser of the year,” said Romano. “One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event will provide vital services to hundreds of local children, young adults and their families who depend daily on Giant Steps.” Romano states that while the Junior Board has received generous support from sponsors, the community’s help is needed. “From attending Casino Night to participating in our two additional, unique events will truly change a child with autism’s life.”

To learn more about Giant Steps Junior Board activities and events, visit our website and connect with us on Facebook.

About the Junior Board of Giant Steps
The Giant Steps Junior Board of Young Professionals, a membership-based board of volunteers, was established in 2012 to help children and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The Junior Board’s objective is to promote the mission of Giant Steps, a non-for-profit day school in Lisle, IL that provides educational, recreational and therapeutic services to elementary, junior high and high school students with ASD. The Junior Board provides support by engaging young professionals through social, volunteer and fundraising activities. To learn more, visit

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