Saturday, May 31, 2008

Our Local Golf Tournament - "The Drive For Autism"

We thought our readers would like some news on our SUPER and very successful golf tournament benefiting our Autism Society of Delaware, held at the Du Pont Country Club. The weather was great, the food and drinks were plentiful, the whole place was bustling with staff, volunteers, golfers, military people and celebs, and a great time was had by all! We had at least 20 NASCAR drivers including the great Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kane, Darrel Waltrip, and many Eagles football stars!

Our organizer, whose blog name is MI and who posts here regularly, is due a huge debt of gratitude and thanks from me and all the kids and adults in our organization for being such a big part of making this event successful. Half a million dollars was raised for our local chapter, and I am proud and happy to say that some of those proceeds will be going to contribute to our adult program called POW&R (Productive Opportunities for Work and Recreation.) I will be a direct recipient and client of this program as of the beginning of June, when I turn 21! Hopefully I will have a volunteer job with regular part-time hours, possibly leading to paid employment, as well as some fun things to do in my spare time with a support person and maybe some of my friends and fellow POW&R clients.

If you are watching TV tomorrow (Sunday), please tune in to the Best Buy-Autism Speaks 400 NASCAR race on Fox.

It is being held here in Delaware at Dover Downs and Mom, Dad and I will be in the stands! Look for the big mass of blue t-shirts - that will be our section (families in the autism community). This race is for US and we are very excited! What a big weekend for our cause!~

Photo 1: Nick with Big John Runyon (Nick is six feel tall - that guy must be 6'7"!!)

Photo 2: Shaking hands with Anthony Federoff of American Idol fame. He sang the national anthem beautifully to kick off the festivities.

Caption 3: With the Philly Soul cheerleaders (that's Jon Bon Jovi's team) I guess gentlemen DO prefer blondes...

Photo 4: Hundreds of golf carts, ready to take to the courses!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Artism by Nick Can Create Custom Invitations and Announcements For You!

We wanted to show you the beautiful baby shower invitations that Nick's grandmother ordered for the event she is hosting. She gave us the details (time, place, etc) and we took it from there. We created centered text on paper in an elegant font, printed it and cut it with deckle-edged scissors, tied it to the inside of the invitation with a color-coordinated bow. This transforms our blank notecards to a party invite, grad announcement, or whatever you please! THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS SERVICE - so get your orders in for your next big event! Just email us with the specifics, and we will work with you to create a very special and personal card for you!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Nick Goes Hawaiian!

Nick has created a card for our friend Bev's sweet sixteen Hawaiian birthday party this summer. Her mom gave us a very cool 60's sleeveless dress with a wild pattern, and we tore that up (reluctantly...I have a certain very stylish daughter who loves vintage and who would have looked fabulous in that dress!!)

We followed suit by adding orange, hot pink and yellow tissue and some yellow string. Here is a shot of some of the cards ready to go to the presses. Before they are pressed, they look curly and I'm always scared that they won't flatten, but the awesome presses that Dad created always do the job!

Bev, we wish you a very happy sixteenth birthday - you have been a sweetheart and a wonderful friend to Nick!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

First Show

Last Saturday was the Artism by Nick debut into our local community! Dad and Nick were exhibitors and sellers at the "Walk the High Road for Autism" here in Wilmington, Delaware. Sales were good, and we got lots of positive feedback. Our favorite comment, heard many times over, was "These are really NICE..." To me that means a lot, because aside from the fact that Nick is productive and is part of a business (and really, how cool is that?), he has a good product.
People especially loved the "Autism Awareness" card, and the "Summer Rose" card was a surprise runaway winner!

Mom was out of town and missed the whole thing, but our buddy Cheryl was nice enough to capture this shot of the guys! We look forward to doing more events such as this, as well as craft shows and bridal shows, to share our fabulous "Bridal Gold" and "Bridal Silver" cards. Our next short-term goal is to start sharing our cards with local shops, and hopefully they would like to have a little artism for their customers!