Hearts Wide Open For Autism, Community Champions Deliver Over $10,000 To Upper Grand Learning Foundation

A humble comment below doesn’t begin to describe the wonderful impact Founder Deanna Avison and Co-Founder Megan Young have had on our local community kids living with Autism. Together, Hearts Wide Open for Autism have raised over $24,000 in their three years of fundraising dedication and their effort will benefit local schools in the purchasing of much needed learning tools that would not be able to even be thought of otherwise. No small feat, as the the old adage goes, it takes a village to raise a child, and although Shelburne hasn’t been a village per say in a very long time, the Shelburne community know how to support those in need. In helping schools purchase essential tools to benefit kids living with Autism, the support is then extended to the families as more and more kids will continue to shine. A wonderful 3rd Annual event, a grandmother’s legacy, and a loving community of absolute champions of charity and support result in this wonderful donation.

“HEARTS WIDE OPEN FOR AUTISM was delighted to present a cheque to the Upper Grand Learning Foundation in the amount of $10,289.08. This would not be possible without all of the wonderful people who support our fundraiser. The funds provide the many necessities that the children need to help them learn, and cope throughout their day at school.

In the past 3 years we are delighted to have raised over $24,500.00, Thanks to the generosity of our wonderful Sponsors, Table Sponsors,  and those who donate to the Silent Auction, and to everyone who contributes to the fundraiser either by donations, purchasing tickets or by lending a helping hand.

Each year these funds provide necessary tools to over 200 children with  Autism and other Special needs in Shelburne’s Special Education Program.

Thank you everyone for your generosity and support by showing you have opened your hearts for the families of children with Autism,” commented Deanna Avison, founder of Hearts Wide Open For Autism and Co-Founder Megan Young.


Pictured left – Jan Stokman (Assistant Analysis Financial Depart.), Deanna Avison (Founder), Megan Young (Co-Chair), Denise Heaslip (Superintendant)Photo Provided.