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The Genius of Autism

The Genius of Autism


Talent That Knows No Boundaries

Mistress of Ceremonies – Broadway and Film Star – Laura Linney

Monday, January 10, 2011


Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

881 7th Avenue New York, NY  10019

6:00pm – 8:00pm – VIP Reception, Art Exhibition, and Silent Auction

8:00pm – 9:30pm – Performance: Star studded world performers and artists celebrating brilliance

General Admission Tickets for the performance are $150.00 each.  Tickets can be purchased through Carnegie Hall (Click here to order tickets on line at Carnegie Hall or 212.247.7800)

VIP tickets are $500.00 each (includes; pre-performance reception, meet and greet with performers, art exhibition, silent auction and the performance).  To purchase tickets on line Click Here to purchase tickets on line at McCarton Foundation

For more information please contact Suzanne Rubin at either srubin@mccartonfoundation.org  or cell: 631-796-3010


GENIUS OF AUTISM is presented by the McCarton Foundation and honors 11 extaordinary young people.  Actress Laura Linney is the event's mistress of ceremony, and special tributes to the honorees will be made by Dr. William H. Cosby Jr. (Philanthropist and Entertainer), Malaak Compton-Rock (Philanthropist Founder Journey for Change and Chris Rock's lovely wife), Susan L. Taylor (Writer, Editor Emeritus ESSENCE Magazine and Founder National Cares Mentoring Movement), Holly Robinson-Peete (Actres, Talk Show Host and parent), Opera Diva Leona Mitchell (original Carmen at Met), dre.dance (Actor Taye Digg's dance company) and many more!


This is a night of music, laughter, and hope that you will never forget. Producers are McCarton Parent Daisy Prince and her dear friend Elizabeth Howell,  We hope this will be an annual event that will continue featuring the gifts of McCarton School students and young people on the spectrum worldwide. Proceeds are for scholarships for families in need to attend McCarton programs (as well as SNACK, Only Make Believe, Strokes of Genius, Global Autism Project, and Music for Autism VIP Tickets are $500 and include prime seating and  pre-performance cocktail reception with art exhibition from all honorees and meet and greet with performers.  Regular tickets are $150.  Please contact Suzanne Rubin  srubin@mccartonfoundation.org 

PLEASE feel free to forward widely the attached invitation featuring the amazing art of GENIUS OF AUTISM honoree Stephen Wiltshire.   




Justin Canha (age 21) Artist and Illustrator.  Please see http://www.justinart.com/Pages/Oprah.htm to see Justin's beautiful work featured in O Magazine.  He is represented by Roger Ricco Gallery in Soho and is donating a special piece to McCarton Foundation. 


Kyle Cousins (age 21) Rock Singer/Songwriter (http://kylecousins.net/wordpress/ ) wrote the national themesong for Autism Speaks Walks "Everybody Wants to be Heard"


Emma Davis (age 10) and Noa Davis (age 12) Visual Artists and sisters from Queens, NY and have been featured on cover of Dr. Stantley Greenspan's ICDL Magazine and at galleries throught NYC.


Amanda LeMunyon (age 15) Painter and Opera Singer (http://www.amandalamunyon.com/ ) has been invited to meet 2 United States Presidents after they purchased her art for the White House.  She is also an accomplished Opera Singer studying with Leona Mitchell. 


Joey Lowenstein (age 14) Double Black Diamond Snowboarder is at McCarton Upper School and has found his element on the mountain--he is fearliess and inspiring!


Miracle Project's Fly Singers (www.themiracleproject.com ) Special performance by 3 kids from "Autism the Musical" lead by their incdredible teacher Coach E. 


RJ Peete (age 13)  wrote the song "Come Into My World" that he performs with his mom Holly Robinson-Peete (Produced by Babyface Edmonds--video is here: http://www.hollyrod.org/).


Carly Ryan (age 24) Singer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f6DCC2HZAg&feature=related) is one of Dr. McCarton's favorite new singers :)--she comes to us from Manchester, England and was featured on British show "Autistic Superstars"


Matt Savage (age 18) Jazz Pianist (www.savagerecords.com) Many of us remember Matt's incredible performance at our 2009 McCarton Gala. At age 8 he was considered a jazz prodigy and has recorded several albums and played with many jazz greats. He is now a student at Berklee College of Music and balances classes, studies and concert gigs while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and achieving Dean's List status.


Scott Siegel (age 19) Front man "Arrest My Sister" (www.arrestmysister.com), this is an incredible alternative rock bank who's lead singer is on the spectrum. 


Talina (age 11) Singer  (http://talinaworld.com/whatsnew.cfm). No one can forget Talina's BRILLIANT perfomance at McCarton Gala 2010--she has performed at huge venues everywhere fom a float at Columbus Day Parade, Times Square on New Years, to many national autism conferences and special events. 


Danson Mandela Wambua (age 11) Poet and Author of DANSON: The Extraordinary Discovery of an Autistic Child's Innermost Thoughts and Feelings (www.dansonsbook.com).  Danson is a student at McCarton Upper School who  joins us fresh from his experience meeting President and First Lady Obama at a White House Holiday Party!


Stephen Wiltshire, Adult Artist who draws and paints detailed cityscapes (www.stephenwiltshire.co.uk) the GENIUS OF AUTISM invitation image  was created by Stephen. He has been featured on countless television and newspaper stories--he has his own gallery in London and has very generously contributed 3 pieces to this event. 

If you are not able to attend but would like to make a donation:  Click here to make a donation on line at the McCarton Foundation  


**Proceeds will be donated to educational and recreational programs for children with autism and provide scholarships for children from underserved communities.




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