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Champions for Charity — December 7, 2017

Mitchells of Huntington Holds Holiday Shopping Benefit for Long Island Autism Communities

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Deer Park, NY…

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Mitchells, an independent, family-owned men’s and women’s specialty store, located at 270 Main Street in Huntington, NY, will be hosting a holiday shopping benefit for Long Island Autism Communities, Inc. (www.licommunity.org), a not for profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to developing supportive, integrated communities for adults with autism.  Mitchells will donate 10% of all sales made during the event to Long Island Autism Communities. Lite bites and cocktails will be served and there will be music. In addition, Mitchells will honor the 10% of sales donation from December 1st -10th for all shoppers who mention they would like to support Long Island Autism Communities. For more information on Long Island Autism Communities, visit: www.licommunity.org or call: 631.302.0095.

About Long Island Autism Communities, Inc.

Long Island Autism Communities, Inc. was formed in 2015. Its mission is to develop privately-funded, supportive and integrated communities for adults with autism. The vision is to create the best independent living communities by facilitating recreation, employment and social opportunities designed to allow individuals to live a life full of meaningful relationships and purposeful activities. The organization’s goal is to help individuals become fully engaged in the surrounding community by building near vibrant downtown areas. This will provide convenient access to healthcare providers, potential employers, religious services, supermarkets, restaurants, and recreational facilities. The organization was founded by CJM Wealth Management CEO Charles Massimo, the father of triplets, a daughter and two sons, both of who are on the autism spectrum. Plans are to have the first community completed in 2018. For more information, to get involved or make a donation, visit: www.licommunity.org or call: 631.302.0095.

Jeff Ross Event September 10, 2017

Long Island Autism Communities, Inc. To Hold Fall Fundraiser Featuring Critically-Acclaimed Comedian, Writer and Producer Jeff Ross, The Roastmaster General

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Deer Park, NY…

The Long Island Autism Communities, Inc. (www.licommunity.org), a not for profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to developing supportive integrated communities for adults with autism, announced its next major fundraiser: “Jeff Ross, The Roastmaster General: A Benefit Performance for Long Island Autism Communities.” Ross, a highly-respected and critically-acclaimed comedian, writer and producer, will be joined by an opening act for the event. It will take place on Sunday, September 10th, 2017 from 6-9:30 PM at The Space at Westbury Theater, 250 Post Avenue, Westbury, NY 11590. Tiered pricing and seating will be offered to give all of Ross’ fans, as well as families impacted by autism the opportunity to attend and support this worthy cause.

Ticket prices will range from $250 for VIP seating which also includes food, open bar and a backstage pass to meet Ross. Also available are Premier Seating tickets for $175, which include food and open bar, and General Admission tickets for $100. The organization is now lining up its corporate sponsorships and journal ads. All proceeds from ticket sales, sponsorships and ads will go directly to support Long Island Autism Communities which is now at a critical stage in its development of the first community for young adults with autism.

To purchase tickets (VIP $250, Premier $175 and General Admission $100), sponsorships ($10,000 to $1,000), and journal ads ($500 to $125), or inquire about customized packages, call: 631.302.0065 or visit: www.licommunity.org or https://www.eventbrite.com/preview?eid=36378327557

More about Jeff Ross, The Roastmaster General

Jeff Ross’ many performance credits include Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe, which he produced and starred in, and other Comedy Central Roasts of Justin Bieber, James Franco, Charlie Sheen, James Carville and Donald Trump. His most recent comedy specials, which garnered critical acclaim and high ratings, include his Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals, which was filmed inside a maximum security jail and Jeff Ross Roasts Cops, which takes place during ride-a-longs with the Boston Police Department.

Among his many other credits were guest-star acting roles on: Audience Network’s Kingdom, ABC’s Dr. Ken, Comedy Central’s Drunk History, Fox’s Grandfathered, The Simpsons, Family Guy and the feature films, Flock Of Dudes and Wedding Ringer both starring Kevin Hart. Ross also is a regular on many animated series, including: Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Future Worm and Penn Zero Part Time Hero. He will also appear as “Hook Foot” on the upcoming Disney television series, Tangled. Additionally, his latest television venture, Jeff Ross Present Roast Battle, a comedy competition show, is scheduled to start its second run on Comedy Central.

Ross adheres to a “pay-it-forward” philosophy. As a Board Member of the New York Friars Club, he is active with many charitable causes, including the Scleroderma Research Foundation and the USO, which supports military members and their families. Read more about Ross at: http://roastmastergeneral.com

About Long Island Autism Communities, Inc.

Long Island Autism Communities, Inc. was formed in 2015 as a not for profit, 501(c) (3) organization. Its mission is to provide a place for adults with autism to live, work, socialize and thrive in a proactive, integrated community that meets the needs of each individual with person-centered planning and support. This goal will be accomplished by building communities of homes near vibrant villages or towns on Long Island that offer convenient access to hospitals and healthcare providers, potential employers, religious services, supermarkets, drugstores, restaurants, other retailers, service providers and recreational facilities. Our goal is to help each individual to become fully-engaged with the surrounding community, and encourage members of the local town or village to get to know our residents so that they can become part of that community.  The organization was founded by CJM Wealth Management CEO Charles Massimo, the father of triplets, a daughter and two sons both of who are on the autism spectrum.

Massimo and his Board have identified an ideal location in Bay Shore in close proximity to the village with easy access to transportation, a local hospital, other healthcare providers, potential employers, supermarkets, banks, retailers, etc. and all of Bay Shore’s thriving recreational and cultural offerings. It is exactly what the vision called for in giving the residents the best possible future into their adulthood.

Plans are to have the first community completed on or about 2018. The vision is for the first community to include residents with autism and some without a disability including a community director and caregivers. The homes would be designed with warm and inviting decors, while accommodating the special needs of individuals with autism such as sensitivity to certain outside stimuli such as excessive light or noise.

For more information, to get involved or make a donation, visit: www.licommunity.org or call: 631.302.0095.

Jorma Kaukonen Event — April 13th, 2017

Long Island Autism Communities, Inc. Hosting Benefit Featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Grammy Winner Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna Fame

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Deer Park, NY…

The Long Island Autism Communities, Inc. (www.licommunity.org), a not for profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to developing supportive integrated communities for adults with autism, is hosting its first major fundraiser, “An Intimate Evening with Jorma Kaukonen.” The event will be held on Thursday, April 13th, 7 PM, at The Space at Westbury Theatre, 250 Post Avenue, Westbury, NY. All proceeds from the event will benefit Long Island Autism Communities.

Jorma Kaukonen (www.JormaKaukonen.com) is an American music legend, highly-renowned for his interpretation of roots music, the blues, Americana and popular rock and roll. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy winner from his days with Jefferson Airplane, he currently tours the world, most often with bassist, Jack Casady, as Hot Tuna.

The Long Island Autism Communities benefit featuring Jorma will include his sharing of long-awaited stories and songs from his Hall of Fame career influencing American music and culture.

There will also be a live auction of several very distinctive gifts including a guitar and other musical items autographed by Jorma, and a weekend at his family’s renowned Fur Peace Ranch. Additionally, the event will include a 50/50 pot and a special raffle for two general admission guests to meet with Jorma.

Corporate sponsorships are available. VIP tickets which include open bar, hors d’oeuvres and specialty buffet stations are $250. General admission tickets (cash bar) are $100. For sponsorship opportunities and to purchase tickets, go to www.licommunity.org or call: Long Island Autism Communities Executive Director Terri Manzione, 631-302-0095.

About Long Island Autism Communities, Inc.

Long Island Autism Communities, Inc. was formed in 2015 as a not for profit, 501(c)(3) organization. Its mission is to provide a place for adults with autism to live, work, socialize and thrive in a proactive, integrated community that meets the needs of each individual with person-centered planning and support. This goal will be accomplished by building communities of homes near vibrant villages or towns on Long Island that offer convenient access to hospitals and healthcare providers, potential employers, religious services, supermarkets, drugstores, restaurants, other retailers, service providers and recreational facilities. Our goal is to help each individual to become fully-engaged with the surrounding community, and encourage members of the local town or village to get to know our residents so that they can become part of that community.  The organization was founded by CJM Wealth Management CEO Charles Massimo, the father of triplets, a daughter and two sons both of who are on the autism spectrum.

Massimo and his Board have identified ideal locations in Patchogue in close proximity to the village with easy access to transportation, a local hospital, healthcare providers, potential employers, supermarkets, banks, retailers, etc. and all of Patchogue’s thriving recreational and cultural offerings. It is exactly what the vision called for in giving the residents the best possible future into their adulthood.

Plans are to have the first community completed on or about 2018. The vision is for the first community to include residents with autism and some without a disability including a community director and caregivers. The homes would be designed with warm and inviting decors, while accommodating the special design needs of individuals with autism.

For more information, to get involved or make a donation, visit: www.licommunity.org or call: 631.302.0095.

Artisanal Cheese and Autism Communities — April 13th, 2017

Cheese Lovers – Get Artisanal Premium Cheeses And Support Long Island Autism Communities

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Deer Park, NY…

If you appreciate the finest in artisanal cheeses, here’s a special offer for you.

Artisanal Premium Cheeses (www.artisanalcheese.com,New York, NY), a leading maker of a wide variety of premium soft, semi-soft, firm and hard cheeses, is donating 15% of the purchase price of three special collections created to support Long Island Autism Communities (www.licommunity.org, Deer Park, NY), a new privately-funded, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to develop supportive, integrated communities for young adults with autism.

Cheese lovers can choose the Long Island Autism Communities Charity  Large Collection, which includes a half-pound each of five artisanal cheeses – Grand Cru Surchoix, Taleggio, Ubriaco Prosecco, Gorgonzola Cremificato and Grassias – along with dried fruit and mixed nuts, all packaged in the company’s signature wooden hat box for $75; the Small Collection which includes three cheeses – Grand Cru Surchoix, Taleggio, Ubriaco Prosecco – along with dried fruit and mixed nuts packaged in the company’s signature wooden hat box for $60; or the Standard Cheese Club (Four Cheese) option which provides four specially selected cheeses at peak ripeness from each quadrant of the Artisanal CheeseClock™, in Mild, Medium, Bold and Strong provided each month with free shipping, starting with 3-month subscriptions at $249. Fromager notes describing each cheese, as well as wine and beer pairing suggestions from the Artisanal Premium Cheeses maitre fromager are provided. All details and ordering information can be found at: http://www.artisanalcheese.com/collections/long-island-autism-collections

More about Long Island Autism Communities, Inc.

Long Island Autism Communities, Inc. was founded by Charles Massimo, CEO of CJM Wealth Management and the father of two boys on the autism spectrum. Through this not-for-profit, he hopes to help address the serious housing problem facing adults with autism and their parents who worry about what will happen to their child when they can longer care for them. The organization is developing supportive, integrated communities on Long Island where adults with autism can live in specially-planned communities that afford them every opportunity to live happily, safely, able to work or volunteer if they want, and access the resources of the broader community.

The plan is to develop these communities near vibrant towns or villages where residents will have access to transportation, healthcare providers, potential employers, supermarkets, banks, retailers and various recreational and cultural offerings. An ideal location in the Village of Patchogue has been identified as the site of the first community. The vision is for the first community to include residents with autism and some without a disability, including a community director and caregivers. The homes will be designed with warm and inviting decors and accommodate the special sensory sensitivity needs of individuals with autism. For more information on Long Island Autism Communities and how you can help, visit: www.licommunity.org

Autism File Magazine Interview — October/November 2016

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The Financial Puzzle by Charles Massimo

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