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SCRANTON - Northeast Pennsylvania’s Center for Independent Living (CIL) is hoping to help local kids with high-functioning autism through its Young Adults with Autism Program, operated in partnership with the University of Scranton.

CIL has been offered a matching grant of $50,000 from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation to support the program. However, CIL needs to raise $50,000 prior to June 30, 2013 before the matching grant is awarded.

“That’s why we are asking the public for help by holding, in conjunction with our wonderful sponsors, a reception to raise the needed funds,” explained Tim Moran, executive director of the Center for Independent Living.

“With this grant we will be able to continue helping young adults in our region lead a safe, independent and productive life. We are especially thankful to all of our sponsors for helping make this event a reality.”

The CIL event is planned for Thursday, April 25th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center. Tickets are $50 per person and includes a complimentary cocktail and light fare. Tickets can be obtained by calling Dru Miller at 570-344-7211, ext. 5248 or can be purchased at the door. Catering will be provided by Carl Von Luger’s Steak and Seafood and entertainment provided by Matt Bennick and the Blues Mine.

The Center for Independent Living is one of the few organizations in Northeastern Pennsylvania to offer a support program to assist the growing population of high school students with high-functioning autism successfully move into a higher education or workplace setting.

Students are taught the tools they will need – such as time management, organization and social skills – for future independence. By participating in this program, students’ academic experiences and performances are enhanced through time-intensive, skills training sessions. Plus, CIL serves as advocates for these students in all areas.

If you wish to become a sponsor for this worthwhile cause, purchase event tickets or make a donation to help CIL reach its fundraising goal, contact Dru Miller, CIL Autism Program Coordinator at 570-344-7211, ext, 5248. For more information about CIL, please visit www.mycil.org.

For more information, or to arrange an interview, please call 570.969.6000.

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