The Early Childhood Autism Program at FSU-PC is raised awareness Friday through its 3rd annual auction.
April is Autism Awareness Month and recent estimates from the Center for Disease Control suggest one in 50 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
The non profit ECAP program serves 30 families in Bay County, many on scholarship, which is why the purpose of Friday's auction was so important.
ECAP joined forces with Emerald Coast Association for Behavior Analysis, with hopes to raise $2000 dollars to add to their scholarship fund.
That translates into 100 scholarship therapy hours for locally affected kids.
They more than tripled that goal, raising $7000 dollars.
This means 300 scholarship therapy hours for affected kids.
The auction is in its third year and has seen successful growth each year.
As it expands, so has the program itself.
August of 2012 saw the opening of an on campus clinic, so student therapists can serve kids both on site and in kid's homes.
Friday's auction was a community effort, with 90 vendors offering items ranging from purses to a 5 day cruise for two.
Program Director, Amy Polick, said the real winners are the kids.
"The real winner of tonight is the children that need our help and need our support. It's just so heart warming to see the community come out tonight and learn about autism during Autism Awareness Month and it's a really great night to celebrate the kids of Bay County," said Polick.
For More Information on ECAP: http://ecap.pc.fsu.edu/