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SPECIAL TO THE TIMES-TRIBUNE Committee members of Spring Break for Autism, set for Saturday, April 9 at La Buona Vita in Dunmore, gather to plan the fundraiser. Pictured are, from left, seated, Margo Cosgrove, Sue Keating and Patti Duguay; standing, Peter Cosgrove and Pete Sabia.

This week, staff writer Mariana Correa talks with Peter Cosgrove about the 13th annual Spring Break for Autism .

Residence: Moosic Lakes

Professional background:Supervisor at the Pennylvania Department of Revenue

Title: Chairperson

Q: What was the inspiration for this event?

A:My wife Margo and I, along with some other parents of children with autism, started this fundraiser 13 years ago to help families affected by autism. We wanted these children to be able to take part in programs that will enhance their lives.


Q: What refreshments are included with admission?

A:Appetizers, carving stations, pasta stations and full open bar.


Q: What will be on hand for entertainment?

A:We’ll have a silent auction, a basket raffle, a wheelbarrow of cheer giveaway and DJ music.


Q: How will the proceeds be used?

A:The money raised will be given to the Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Carbondale YMCA austistic program and Arts Alive.


Q: Why is community support so important to your cause?

A:Funding has gradually been cut from these programs, and there is a great need in our community. We decided to add a third recipient for monies raised this year: Arts Alive. We need as much support as possible from our community. Lackawanna County has been so unbelievably supportive of this fundraiser over the years. We are so very much appreciative of everyone’s help.


Q: What is unique or special about this fundraiser?

A:Our committee has a group of parents all with children affected by autism. This committee is committed to helping programs that need funding to help the children and adults with autism.


If you go

What: 13th annual Spring Break for Autism

When: Saturday, March 24, 7 to 11 p.m.

Where: La Buona Vita, 200 Reilly St., Dunmore

Details: Tickets are $85 and can be purchased through the event’s Facebook page. For more information, call 570-878-8611.

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