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HCAS 25th Anniversary Gala

To purchase individual tickets or sponsorships, please click the link below.  For additional questions, contact HCAS at 410-290-3466 or email


During the early 1990’s, when autism was relatively unknown to the general public, a small group of parents gathered in a Howard County living room with one shared purpose:  to make the world a more accepting and welcoming place for their children and others with autism.  Their efforts in 1993 led to the creation of the Howard County Autism Society (HCAS), a grassroots organization that has helped make Howard County a national model for autism support, advocacy and awareness.

This April, we will celebrate these founders and HCAS’ many achievements at our 25th Anniversary Gala on April 28, 2018, 7pm – midnight, at Turf Valley Resort in Elliott City, MD.  Presented in partnership with The John P. Hussman Foundation, our Title Sponsor, this event is our most important fundraiser of the year and is projected to raise over $90,000 to help HCAS fulfill its mission to provide information, support, and advocacy; promote awareness of autism that values the dignity and uniqueness of each individual; and improve the quality of and access to services and educational opportunities.

Thank you to this year’s sponsors:

PLATINUM TITLE SPONSOR:   The Hussman Foundation

Kerry and John Benevides
Selena and John Benevides

Heidi Abdelhady, M.D. and Mehdy Rahman
BAF Group., LLC
Deborah and John Clutts
Elville and Associates, Inc.
Harbor Investment Advisory
The Howard Hughes Corporation
Donna and Lowell Pidel
Turf Valley Resort

Theresa and Bob Ballinger
Charlotte and Emil Bernhardt
Kate and Eric Cha
Alisa and Scott Chernack
Vincent Culotta, Ph.D., ABN – NeuroBehavioral Associates
Kristen Detwiler
Dr. Sonny Goel – LasikPlus Vison Center
Jenny and Adrian Goldszmidt, M.D.
Nora and Matthew Hart
Linwood Center, Inc.
Jennifer and Chuck May
M & T Bank
Tracy Miller Law, LLC
Jane Plapinger and Naif Ahmed
Melissa and Jim Rosenberg
Sabina and Michael Sambat
Dr. and Mrs. Ashish Tolia
Madhu and Roger Thibaudeau
Trellis Services
Courtney and Richard Watson

Past Galas:

12th Annual Gala (2017)

11th Annual Gala (2016)

10th Annual Gala (2015)

9th Annual Gala (2014)

8th Annual Gala (2013)

7th Annual Gala (2012)

6th Annual Gala (2011)