February 9, 2017: Giant Steps is excited to announce the launch of this years fundraising efforts for the schools annual charity auction. This years theme is Giant Steps Derby: Race to the Future.” The Kentucky Derby-themed auction will be held Friday, April 21st at Bobaks Signature Room in Woodridge, IL. Tickets will be available for purchase through our website,, beginning February

10, 2017.


The annual charity auction serves as a pillar fundraising event for Giant Steps, generating much-needed proceeds which directly support the schools mission of providing exceptional therapeutic services for individuals with autism and their families. For over two decades, Giant Steps has relied on the generosity of the communities it serves to help defray operational costs through the charity auctions contributions.


We have been amazed at the outpouring of support that we have received from the community over the past 20 years,” said Giant Steps Executive Director Dr. Sylvia Smith. The resources generated from events like our auction directly impact our ability to serve our students and the community, so we are incredibly grateful for all of the support.


To go along with the Kentucky Derby theme, one of the headlining auction items this year will be a


Kentucky Derby experience, including tickets on ‘millionaires row’ and premium hotel accommodations.


This years Derby theme is going to be a lot of fun and we’re encouraging all who will be attending the auction to dress to the nines in their best derby attire,” Smith noted.


Lisa Cummings Ewers, Giant Steps development manager, is on the frontlines of the fundraising initiative.


We’ve already had some incredibly generous local business owners sign on as sponsors for this amazing event; however, we still have a large need for sponsorships,” said Ewers. We are also reaching out to businesses and organizations in the community for items they may wish to donate to our silent auction. We will have four primary fundraising opportunities – the mini live auction, silent auction, live auction and ‘Fund the Need’ – so we still have a need for additional donations.


Partner with your community and help Giant Steps improve the lives of individuals and families impacted by autism. Visit or contact Lisa Cummings Ewers at or (630)

864-3801 and donate today.


About Giant Steps:


Since 1996, Giant Steps has been focused on providing education, therapeutic and recreational programs for Elementary, Junior High, High School students and young adults affected by autism, their families and the community. Giant Stepsgoal is to improve a child's ability to interact, communicate, and develop academic and daily living skills.



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