Autism awareness fundraiser set for April 6

Ann Cousineau

More than 20 local businesses have donated special items for the auction block at an Aug. 6 fundraiser aimed at increasing autism awareness services in Ridgecrest. The event, supported by local volunteers and the H.E.A.R.T.S Connection, will be held at SpringHill Suites, with doors opening at 6 p.m.

Tickets are still available for “An Evening for Autism Awareness,” Ridgecrest’s first fundraising event of its kind. All proceeds from the event benefit local autism awareness activities, including a Nov. 16 educational conference to be held in Ridgecrest.

“A Facebook page has been created to bring the Ridgecrest community together in support of autism awareness and education,” said Cherish Rindt, auction organizer.

“We will be posting information about local events and activities that support our mission. This will be a great resource for our community.”

Visit the Ridgecrest Autism Awareness Facebook page to see pictures of auction items, more information and conference updates.

H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection is a family resource center and empowerment center providing families with parent-to-parent support, advocacy, training, assistance, re-source coordination and information. H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection is committed to helping and supporting families in the Indian Wells Valley. For more information see

So far, Rindt said, the following items are on the auction list: a full spa package from the ladies at Madison Avenue, a floor vase from Ashley Furniture HomeStore, an Alpine Head Unit (car stereo) from Paul & Sons, an introductory flight lesson from Farris Aviation, a scenic flight from Farris Aviation, and a handmade autism awareness quilt by the Rindt Family.

More are an original blouse by Carol Wilcher, original jewelry by Jeri Horenstein, original jewelry by Howard and Wanda Laire, a hand-turned wooden bowl by Jerry Shultz, desserts by the Balsam Street Bakery, original painting by Pat Kleinschmidt, a Coach bag from Elaine Littleton, a Nicole Lee handbag by A&F Marketplace, a weekend condo in Mammoth by Heritage Montessori School, one-of-a-kind ties and scarves designed by local autistic kids and printed by Outrage’n Enterprises and Date Night packages.

There will also be autism awareness merchandise for sale at the auction.

For tickets and more auction details call Cherish Rindt at 760-371-9116.

Story First Published: 2013-03-20