“Rockin’ For Autism” spreads awareness for a great cause


Julia Sassoon

On April 14, the third “Rockin’ For Autism” event took place at Lagrande Park in Fanwood, New Jersey. The event was run by sophomore Mallory Banks, along with a committee of 12 of her closest family and friends.
Due to the fact that Banks’s brother has autism, she has always been inspired to help out the cause. Although this was the third year of the event, Banks has been raising money for the cause since she was nine years old.
“I feel really great about this event because I love helping people who are in need and I want to create a change in this world,” Banks said.
The goal of this annual event is to spread awareness about autism and raise money for certain programs. All of the money raised goes towards Autism New Jersey. This year’s event raised about $15,000 with the help of over 2,000 attendees.
For entertainment, there were multiple bands playing throughout the day. Members of the Cindy Smith Dance Studio also performed a dance routine.
Kids were able to participate in an obstacle course and take pictures with Batman and Sparky from the Somerset Patriots. Attendees also had the chance to enter the merchant raffle tricky tray with over 75 prizes. Many food options were available as well, including Nick’s Pizza, Fanwood Grille, Juice House, Empanada Guy and Thai Elephant.
Many SPFHS students came out to volunteer at the event, including members of the SPFHS girls soccer team and boys baseball team.
“It was a good all around experience and it was fun setting up the event and helping out for a good cause,” sophomore volunteer Matthew Delgado said.
Everyone at the event had a great time while helping to raise money for a very important cause. This was an awesome opportunity for the community to rally together for the greater benefit of those in need.
“It was great to see our community coming together to raise money for a significant cause, especially since it all started with one person who wanted to make a difference,” sophomore volunteer Kaitlyn Walsh said.
Banks plans to continue her fundraising for many years to come. Be sure to attend Banks’ next fundraiser on May 7 at 1958 Cuban Cuisine in Westfield.
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