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Local non-profit Firefly Autism, raises over $300,000 in virtual fundraising gala

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Posted at 5:07 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 19:33:46-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — We are still fighting together to overcome this national pandemic. One important factor that has been difficult to get used to for millions, is remote education and homeschooling.

It is a difficult task, especially for children with special needs.

Firefly Autism has been helping Southern Colorado families navigate online learning. The non-profit focuses on helping people on the autism spectrum to feel part of the community by providing early childhood services, social skills groups, and school consultation and ABA services. Firefly Autism opened a 29,000 square foot building in Jefferson County to help keep up with the demand of children needing services.

Thursday at 6 P.M., a virtual fundraiser called "Laugh Yourself Blue" was held online to help them continue their mission.

"This was a night of celebration, education, inspiration," said Jesse Ogas, Executive Director of Firefly Autism.

The fundraiser featured a night of comedy bits, performances, and inspirational speeches, with the goal of teaching the public about what autism is.

"We tied comedians into this because the topic of Autism can sometimes be serious," Ogas explained. "This is the one time out of the year that we can bring some laughter into it and enjoy ourselves."

At the end of the night, the agency raked in over $300,000. For more information, click here.