Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI), the leading service provider for children and adults with autism on Long Island, held its annual Rockin' for Autism concert.
Nearly 500 Long Islanders packed Mulcahy's Pub and Music Hall in Wantagh to raise over $30,000 for DDI. For a $30.00 donation, guests enjoyed the sounds of live music with an all-star lineup of legendary Long Island bands including 1 Step Ahead, The Cold Spring Harbor Band paying tribute to Billy Joel, Just Cause and Dr. G's All Star Veteran Band. Gift baskets, raffles, food and live music were available to all into the late evening.
"Despite the economic climate we all face today, it is heartwarming to witness the generosity of the numerous volunteers and the nearly 500 attendees who have lent themselves to help benefit the more than 1,500 adults and children who receive services daily through DDI's many programs," said Jim Cronin, Chairman of the event and a member of the DDI Foundation Board. "A special thanks to our Event Music Director, Steve Alliano, and the talented musicians who donated their services and talents to make the day a true success."
"It is truly remarkable to see so many people come together to help those challenged with a disability," expressed John Lessard, Executive Director of DDI. "Each year Jim Cronin dedicates so much of his time to putting together this wonderful event to help support the vital programs that DDI has to benefit Long Islanders with autism and other developmental disabilities. Jim's dedication to DDI is incredible and admirable."
DDI, founded in 1961, is a not-for-profit agency headquartered in Smithtown, NY, with more than 30 locations throughout Suffolk and Nassau Counties. Serving nearly 1,000 children and adults with a diagnosis of an autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), DDI is the largest provider of services for individuals with Autism on Long Island, providing special educational, vocational, day and residential programs, as well as healthcare services for over 5,000 children and adults with autism or other developmental disabilities. DDI also operates family-centered preschool programs for both children with disabilities as well as typically developing students. DDI is a member agency of the United Way of Long Island. For more information about DDI, visit www.ddiny.org.