Statistics now point to one in 150 children, or one child every 20 minutes, being diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, making it more prevalent than pediatric cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined. The exact numbers of those diagnosed are uncalculated. However, Ladies Love NYC is determined to reach each and every local individual who is living with Autism, to ensure that those affected by ASD are receiving the support and education they need to thrive.
In partnership with Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, Ladies Love NYC is hosting its First Annual Tribute to Hip-Hop and Autism Awareness Fundraiser on Thursday, June 4th, 2009 from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. at Brooklyn’s South Paw, 125 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217. Admission is $8 in advance with RSVP and $12 at the door.
said independent recording artist, Bilal. “Resources are needed that are accessible to everyone regardless of income levels and status,” he continued.
The evening will include a high-energy b-girl and house battle/dance performance judged by Renegade (RSC) and FlyLadyDi. Guests will enjoy a DJ exhibition, and The Igmar Thomas & The Cypher featuring Bilal, US Hip-Hop Ambassador Toni Blackman, Invincible, and Nicki Guiland (Heavy) performing old school hip-hop and break classics. Art enthusiasts will have an opportunity to participate in the highly anticipated silent auction of graffiti and Hip-Hop inspired art and photography by internationally recognized talents like MarthAlicia, Mike Schreiber, and Noelle Theard. Ladies Love NYC will donate a portion of the door’s proceeds and 30% of the auction’s final bid to Autism Speaks.