East Providence Team No-Filter group holds autism benefit fundraiser

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EAST PROVIDENCE — The local Team No-Filter will hold a fundraiser as part of the Autism Project's Community Challenge with a goal of raising $10,000. The event, a “Not-so-Silent” auction, takes place Sunday, March 30, at the American Legion Post 10, 830 Willett Ave, Riverside.

It begins at 3 p.m. Tickets, which include food and door prizes, are $10 at the door.

The event includes music by Vista Cruisers, None the Wiser and Dan Lilley & The Keepers and features a special appearance by members of Rock-A-Blues.

Auction items up for bid include passes to various family fun activity centers, restaurant and wine-tasting gift certificates, ski lift passes, AAA membership and much more.

All proceeds to benefit the Autism Project of Rhode Island. For more information contact mafournier4@verizon.net. Find the group on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TeamNoFilterEP

According to local Team No-Filter member Amanda Fournier, the group consists of "awesome moms and teachers who live with Autism every day. We have taken the Autism Project’s Community Challenge to raise $10,000 and we are about half way there."

Once Team No-Filter reaches its goal of $10,000, the Autism Project will come to the East Providence School District and train 30 teachers and support staff using its 18-hour "A Starting Point" course.

In addition to the auction, April is Autism Awareness Month. As a means of recognition, members of the school department will participate in a "Wear Blue" event for World Autism Awareness Day on April 2.

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