Sold-out event honored autism advocates and parents, Bianca and Rob DeGaudenzi and PwC
The Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs Foundation celebrated Night in White on Thursday, July 21 at North Hempstead Country Club in Port Washington. Friends and supporters joined honorees Bianca and Rob DeGaudenzi and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), to mark a stellar year of meaningful vocational training, community partnerships and paid employment for autistic adults, who face a staggering 85 percent unemployment and under-engagement once school ends.
Event Sponsors included:
Bianca & Rob DeGaudenzi
Amy & John Beyer/Men on the Move
John & Deborah Bowman
Liane Kupferberg Carter & Marc Carter
Mary & James Murtha / Let The Light Shine Inc
Loren & Wayne King
Honorees Bianca and Rob DeGaudenzi are long-time supporters and advocates of both organizations. Their son, Nicholas participates in Nicholas Center programming. “How lucky are we that we now have a place for our son to go,” said Bianca DeGaudenzi.
Rob is a Spectrum Designs Foundation Board member, calling it “one of the most fulling roles he’s ever done in his life.” Recently, Rob leveraged the skills and expertise of several of his PwC colleagues, offering critical pro-bono strategic planning to both organizations.
Working in stewardship, The Nicholas Center and Spectrum Designs Foundation have formed a unique model for autistic adults to foster independence and offer support in a neurodiverse setting. This successful partnership has enabled the organizations to expand to Pleasantville in Westchester County. For more information on our impact and how you can help, visit tncnewyork.org and spectrumenterprises.org.
To create innovative programs and services that allow autistic individuals to learn, live and work in the community.
—Submitted by the Nicholas Center