Pikeville Medical, others partner to raise funds for Autism Center

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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ)In conjunction with World Autism Month, Pikeville Medical Center and its foundation, the PMC Foundation for Quality Healthcare, are teaming up with the Appalachian Center for the Arts to announce a benefit performance of the Marvelous Wonderettes to both promote the mission of and raise funds for the expansion of the Appalachian Valley Autism Center.

This dinner theater performance at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, will benefit the ongoing Speak from the Heart fundraising campaign which is working to provide the AVA Center with enough space for every child in our community on the autism spectrum in need of life-changing Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy.

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Pikeville Medical Center CEO and Vice President of the Board of Directors Donovan Blackburn says demand for services provided by the AVA Center has far exceeded the initial expectations.

To date, nearly $500,000 has been raised toward funding the $1.4 million AVA Center expansion project. However, PMC Foundation Executive Director Andrew H. Scott says there is still a long way to go to reach the goal.

Robin Irwin, Executive Director of the APP as well as an award-winning actor, educator, and director in her own right, is equally as excited for this performance.

Irwin says she believes there is true potential for teamwork among community organizations to grow and impact the lives of children on the autism spectrum.

Tickets for the APP’s Dinner Theatre performance of the Marvelous Wonderettes to benefit the Appalachian Valley Autism Center are now on sale and can be purchased online by  visiting https://us.patronbase.com/_AppalachianCenterForTheArts/Performances/List?prod_id=21 or by calling the box office at (606)262-4004.

For more information about the Speak from the Heart fundraising campaign or how to donate, please visit www.SpeakFromTheHeart.org.