CHICOPEE, Mass (WWLP) – Chicopee High school students and members of the community joined together to help raise funds and awareness for those suffering from autism.
Hundreds of people showed up at the event, held at the Moose Lodge in Chicopee, and paid $5 for a pasta dinner. There were also multiple raffles, and all the money raised will go towards those suffering from autism.
Kayla Humel started the fundraiser last year in support of her family.
“My cousin has autism, and that was the biggest effect because we spent a lot of time with him when I was younger. And it does run in our family so other family members have it too. So spending time with him, you see how hard it is on them and you just want to make an impact,” she told 22News.
Humel calls the fundraiser “Anthony’s Army” in honor of her cousin Anthony. Last year, it raised over $3,200 for those diagnosed with autism.