Tom Davis, board member of the Thompson Foundation for Autism, and TJ enjoying the Border Challenge for Autism in Kansas City, Mo.
On April 25, 2012, more than 200 people gathered at Boulevard Brewery in downtown Kansas City, Mo., to support autism awareness. This annual event is a joint effort between the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders and the Kansas Center for Training and Research (K-CART), and pits long time rivals MU and KU against one another to see which institution can get the most fans to attend the event. The winning school's autism center receives the largest portion of the proceeds, which are estimated at around $10,000. This year, KU had the most fans therefore K-CART will receive $6,000 and the Thompson Center will receive $4,000.
Highlights from the evening included a silent auction for team related items such as autographed basketballs and footballs, and the awarding of various raffle items. Nate Bukaty and Steven St. John, personalities from Sports Radio WHB 810, served as masters of ceremony for the event. TJ, little brother to MU mascot Truman the Tiger, circulated among the guests at the event, as did the KU mascot Big Jay.
Several businesses in the Kansas City area support this event including SFS Architecture, which helped to organize and produce the evening’s activities.
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