Bands help out with fundraiser: Birthday bash benefits exceptional children’s class here

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Enjoy a day of music and food at the Exceptional Children’s Extravaganza from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18, at 217 Brew Works, located next to the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park.

This is the fourth year that Wendy Moore has initiated a community fundraiser to celebrate her birthday. She has also raised money to purchase 500 copies of “Where the Wild Things Are” and bought warm hats for students at Hearne Elementary School.

“This year, Jessica Stewart Davis, a mother of a son on the autism spectrum who is enrolled in the Wilson County School system, approached me to co-host a fundraiser with her that would benefit her son and his classmates,” Moore said.

“Through our conversation, I learned that the exceptional children’s class instructed by Ms. Tammy Cooper is in dire need of sensory items and specific educational tools that are essential in the learning process of these children,” she said. “As we all know, the funding for our schools is minimal at best, and the instructors must spend their own personal monies to keep supplies in their classrooms.”

This year’s fundraiser will focus on supplying Cooper with the equipment and tools the students need.

“Also, at Ms. Cooper’s request, a portion of the funds raised will be used to strengthen the Wilson Family YMCA’s programming for exceptional people in our community, as the Y is supporting and sponsoring my fundraiser for the second time,” Moore said.

Everyone who donates will receive an autism acceptance button that will be their ticket into the extravaganza.

The following bands have donated their time and talent: Rod & Will, Bobby Bryson, UnNamed Band, Fatmouth, Matty Begs, Smashed Cardinals, Balter Brothers and TripleWide. Poblanos Tacos and Poblanos Dessert food trucks will be on hand. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction as well.

“Please bring your entire family, as everyone’s participation in this endeavor, kids to adults, will ensure that our exceptional family and friends have a chance of reaching their full potential,” Moore said. “I hope you will join me in this chance to support these kids and to help educate our larger community that our exceptional children can and will become highly creative and productive exceptional adults.”

To donate at Wilson Family YMCA, contact Wendy More at wmoore@wilsonymca.org or call her at 252-291-9622. Donations will also be collected on the day of the event. Make checks out to Wilson Family YMCA.