DUBUQUE, Iowa — For the second consecutive season, the Dubuque Fighting Saints have teamed up with Prairie Farms Dairy and Unified Therapy Services to present Autism Awareness Night on Friday, March 30, as the Saints are set to host the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. The night is the final part of a month-long campaign of raising awareness of autism starting this week.
“We here with the Fighting Saints are excited to begin our campaign ahead of Autism Awareness Month in April by once again teaming up with Prairie Farms Dairy and Unified Therapy Services to help causes and charities in our community that help those affected by autism,” said Nick Shane, the Fighting Saints’ president. “More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. We are going to do our part for our community, and we hope our fans will join us in that effort.”
$2.00 of each regularly priced ticket sale will benefit Unified Therapy Services 5K Run/Walk for Autism, and $5.00 of each special edition Autism Awareness t-shirt will contribute to the fundraising efforts. The programs assisted by the 5K Run/Walk for Autism include sending individuals to Camp Bee-A-Friend through Camp Albrecht Acres, and providing equipment and resources to special education classrooms in the Dubuque Community School District.
Last season, the Fighting Saints raised over $2,400 through all of the fundraising efforts throughout the month of March, culminating in a massive crowd on Autism Awareness Night.
“Prairie Farms Dairy is proud to once again partner with the Fighting Saints on this most important and exciting event,” said Stacy Wand, the sales manager at Prairie Farms in Dubuque. “By working together, Prairie Farms and the Saints are bringing awareness and support to local autism programs, and that is what being part of the Dubuque community is all about.”
The first 1,000 fans to enter Our House will receive an Autism Awareness rally towel, courtesy Prairie Farms Dairy. A Quiet Zone will also be available to those affected by autism that need to take a break from the action. Staff from Unified Therapy Services will be on hand in the Quiet Zone equipped with weighted blankets, noise cancelling headphones and bean bag chairs to help create a safe, quiet area.
“Unified Therapy is honored to have community partners showing support, funds, and creating awareness for those we hold dear to our hearts,” said Sarah Sievers, director of operations and business development for Unified Therapy Services. “Our staff is excited to cheer on the Dubuque Fighting Saints while creating a safe zone to assist those with autism and their families at a fun community event.”
A Guide to the Game will be available on DubuqueFightingSaints.com for those who need information on attending their first Fighting Saints game. The guide includes which sights, sounds, smells and other sensory experiences that parents, guardians and caretakers will need to be aware of.
For tickets to Autism Awareness Night on March 30 against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, call the box office at 563.583.6880, or go to DubuqueFightingSaints.com.