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Ride for Autism a success again

The seventh annual Ride for Autism from Lafayette, La., to Natchez, took place April 23-25, and despite the ominous weather predictions, it was again a success.

Any “issues” with the ride can be simply attributed to the City of Natchez attempting to schedule too many events within the fundraiser, e.g. a crawfish boil, antebellum house tours — which most of the riders enjoyed — etc.

Thank you once again for your help by publicizing this very worthwhile event.

We want to take this opportunity to thank our many supporters, especially those who made monetary donations in support of the ride.

We also want to thank Jim Richard with Goodwill for cooking the delicious jambalaya for the open house and for helping transport the door prizes and auction items to Natchez.

Gulf Islands Water Park in Gulfport not only supported the ride monetarily again this year but has again donated a “free” day for all special-needs children.

To date for this fun event is July 8, and more information can be obtained at our Web site, www.projectindependence.org.

Please extend our sincere gratitude to all those riders who helped to support our work for the cause of autism. We are definitely making progress in raising awareness because Autism Speaks, a major autism support group headquartered in New York City has selected Project Independence for a recreational grant.

On behalf of autistic individuals everywhere and their families, thank you once again for your help and support.

Don Royer

Project Independence board member

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