On April 21, 2012, at 10 a.m., Movies 8 Tallahassee played host to a special “sensory-friendly” screening of the critically acclaimed animated Disney film, “The Secret World of Arietty.” The Blue Carpet Bash, which included door prizes, photo opps, and special “Movie Survival Kits,” raised more than $2,000 Camp Escape that will benefit Camp Escape, a Tallahassee summer camp for kids with autism. Proceeds from the Blue Carpet Bash will also benefit Pyramid, which serves adults with severe developmental barriers.
Pea Green Solutions would like to specially thank the sponsors of the Blue Carpet Bash: Movies 8, Kia Autosport, Tallahassee-Leon Federal Credit Union, Florida Commerce Credit Union, The Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts, as well as LifeIsASpectrum.com, WCTV and the Tallahassee Grapevine.
“We’re thrilled with the success of the first annual Blue Carpet Bash,” said Pea Green Solutions VP of Communication, Amanda Broadfoot, “because those funds will translate immediately into support for local people with autism.” Broadfoot’s five-year-old son was diagnosed with autism in 2009, and he attended Camp Escape last summer. “It was a wonderful experience for him, and we would love to see this unique camp become more accessible to more families.”
Directed by Dr. Dawn Bailey (PhD, BCBA), Camp Escape is an eight-week-long all-day summer camp, based at Sealey Elementary School, that begins on June 11, 2012. All camp “counselors” are certified ABA therapists and the ratio of the camp never exceeds three campers to each counselor. Bailey is quick to point out, though, “It’s not ‘Camp Therapy.’ It’s camp, and we have fun. The kids make crafts, play games, participate in music and take well-supervised field trips.”
For more information, please visit BlueCarpetBash.com.