"Cabaret For A Cause" benefit supports children with Autism

E.M.U. singers help with autism awareness month

NORTHVILLE, Mich. (WXYZ) -   The "Encore" singing group from Eastern Michigan University is making beautiful music for beautiful people with "Cabaret for a cause," a fundraiser event tonight April 11th to help children with autism, during "Autism Awareness Month" (April).

  It's described as a "dynamic" theater event to help "Sprouts," a K-5 Autism program in the Northville Public School District.
  Tonight, Thursday April 11,  Sprouts Autism K-5 along with Genitti's Restaurant & Theater is hosting "Cabaret for a Cause," a benefit for Thornton Creek Elementary School's Sprouts program. The first $1000 in donations will be  matched 100% by the Northville Educational Foundation.

  Organizers say the Cabaret for a Cause! show, is courtesy of "Encore!" - EMU's highly talented group of musical theater performers. EMU's CTA Music Director, Ryan Lewis is creating a musical, Cabaret-style show specifically for this special event! Choreography by Musical Theatre Professor and Broadway veteran, Phil Simmons.
    DATE: Thursday, April 11 - doors open at 6:00pm, dinner starts at 6:30pm
    TICKETS: CALL GENITTI's at 248-349-0522. Tickets for dinner and the show are only $35 each!  A cash bar will be available.
    WHERE: Genitti's is located at 108 E. Main St., Northville, MI 48167. Free Parking on the street & behind Genitti's.
    Sprouts Teacher, Kate Colaluca describes Sprouts like this:

   The event organizer Laurie Kondek of Northville says, "as a Sprouts Mom, I am genuinely touched by the overwhelming response by the local businesses that have shown great compassion and support! Genitti's welcomed us with open arms, EMU Theater is putting together an INCREDIBLE Cabaret show, gracious local businesses have donated spectacular items for our Silent Auction, and the matching grant from the NEF has given the Sprouts family such encouragement and hope that we can continue to offer our Sprouts children art and music therapy enrichment opportunities."

Cabaret for a Cause Guests Will Enjoy:
    -A 5 course family-style Italian dinner
    -Dessert and all non-alcoholic beverages
    -Post dinner: An incredible live Cabaret-style show!
    -Silent Auction featuring Red Wings Tickets, professional photography package, spa package, gift certificates by local restaurants and Main Street Massage, original artworks by local artists and more!
    -An opportunity to help a worthy cause in honor of Autism Awareness month!


    Chocolates by Renee has created a specialty chocolate in honor of April being Autism Awareness Month - $1 from the sale of each "Sprouts Chocolate" will go back to Thornton Creek's  Sprouts Autism K-5.
    Sprouts  commissioned an artist to create a work of art to symbolize Sprouts motto and the heart of the program - "Sprouts..Watch Us Grow." Artist Lisa Richter took on the challenge and created a beautiful watercolor painting. This artwork is currently on display in the front window of Chocolates by Renee, the whole month of April - the specialty chocolates will be available for sale the whole month of April as well!
    Laurie Kondek Says: "All of our Sprouts are special and have so much potential. We are striving to build an arts and music enrichment program for the class to enhance the children's experience in school.
    Cabaret for a Cause Honorary Chairman, Bill Brown, NPS, Director, Special Services said:
    "Excitement about the Cabaret for a Cause fundraiser that will benefit the Sprouts music experience program continues to grow.  I am extremely grateful for the support shown by Genitti's Restaurant, EMU Theater and the Northville Educational Foundation."
Sprouts Teacher, Kate Colaluca describes Sprouts like this:
    "Sprouts is an ASD program that targets the communication and socialization challenges associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In order to address these challenges, students receive Speech and Occupational therapy to help them develop functional communication and sensory integration.  The classroom is structured to facilitate their communication and learning needs and incorporates the prescribed therapies throughout the day.  Through musical involvement in the  therapeutic context, students are learning( to name a few) self-modulation, appropriate social response, and cooperation.   The benefit then, is a combination of having music enrichment, and that it is presented in a therapeutic format."
    All proceeds will fund the SPROUTS Autism K-5 at Thornton Creek Elementary, Northville Public Schools. The first $1,000 in donations will be generously matched 100% by the Northville Educational Foundation (NEF).
 For more details on the program and donations you can email:  sproutswatchusgrow@gmail.com