Saturday, April 18th — Was the culmination of our team #TEAMCBHarper joining together with 5,000 others to support awareness of children and families with Autism at Any Baby Can’s Fiesta. This annual family event was also attended by many notable guests including Senator Carlos Uresti who served as Rey Familia of Any Baby Can’s Fiesta. Also Chief of Police Anthony Treviño was in attendance along with many of San Antonio’s first responders as a part of Fiesta de Los Jefes. Fiesta de Los Jefes featured 26 interactive displays and community programs from the San Antonio Fire Department and San Antonio Police Department. It was a great opportunity for families to learn about items such as Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT), fire safety and more.
D’Ann Harper, Board Chair of Any Baby Can, spoke about the importance of family, community, and supporting one another in creating awareness about families with members who are on the Autism spectrum. Any Baby Can provides numerous free services to those families including counseling services, case management, sibling support, health & wellness programs, prescription assistance and educational materials.
We were proud to sponsor the Avina family who also joined us early Saturday morning amidst the crowd of over 5,000 other attendees. The rain cleared and held off to allow us to enjoy the food, live music, and carnival style games of the day. Fun activities and interactives included inflatable bouncers, face painting, puppies from the Animal Defense League—all dogs found a loving home, tricycles from Monarch Academy and a special area called Rudy’s Playground—a space where organizations provided adaptive activities for individuals of all ages and abilities. On top of the Fiesta® décor, attendees enjoyed breakfast tacos, sausage wraps and other traditional Fiesta foods.
[The Avina Family; Betania & Rene Avina with their 5 children Emily, Hannah, Ethan, Emily, Christopher & Matthew]
Proceeds from this event will continue to stay in our community to support families raising children with autism and other special healthcare needs and support families who have lost a child. As an agency, Any Baby Can continues to respond to the ever-growing needs of families raising children with special health care needs: autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and ADHD; and also provide support to families that have lost a child.
We are looking forward to next year’s event, be sure to save-the-date April 16th 2016.
A Big Thank You To All Those Who Donated and Joined Our Team At The Event:
Jan and Fred Hicinbothom
Anabel, Jason, Isabel & Adelyn Seibel
Addie & Michael Langehennig
Gabriele “Gabe” McCarty
Amy Cheshier, Montanna & McKenzie Thibodeaux
Matilda & Ryan Quintanilla
Gabe & Jennifer Richter
About Any Baby Can
For more than 30 years, Any Baby Can has provided many of services to families with children and youth facing serious health or developmental challenges. Any Baby Can provides no cost support services to over 1,200 families annually. For more information, visit www.anybabycansa.org or call 210-227-0170.
(Stephanie Jerger, April 22 2015; http://www.sa2020.org/civic-engagement/over-5000-join-any-baby-can-for-official-fiesta-walk-for-autism/)