TORONTO, ON (November 7, 2016) —At its 3rd annual fundraising gala on November 4,the Elpida Autism Foundation raised more than $100,000 to support autism research and services in Toronto. This year, for the first time, Integrated Services for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (ISAND) was honoured to be a co-beneficiary of the event, receiving $47,500 (and still counting!) to support its services and programs.
Inspired by their son Matthew, who was diagnosed with autism at age 3, Themy and Paula Koutrakos established the Elpida Autism Foundation in 2014. “Elpida” is the Greek word for hope, which is reflected in the Foundation’s goal to increase autism awareness, funding research and development, and supporting programs that help young people living on the autism spectrum live a fulfilling life.
“On behalf of my family and the Gala committee, we want to thank everyone who contributed to the Gala’s success,” said Themy. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to support vital autism research and services.”
“We are so grateful for the wonderful support of the Elpida Autism Foundation,” said ISAND Executive Director David Gray. “Each child, youth, young adult and family served by ISAND faces significant challenges. But thanks to the generosity of organizations such as the Elpida Autism Foundation, we can serve even more families living with autism and help young people reach their potential.”