Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Santa will ride through the front gates and travel throughout the picturesque Anderson campus on a fire truck courtesy of the local Fire Department. Fear not – jolly, old St. Nick never arrives empty handed! A bustling bag filled with candy canes will be handed out to all Anderson students in true holiday spirit.
Santa, along with all Anderson students and staff will be invited to partake in the decorating of the Anderson tree. Scott Case of Bilmar Nurseries in Pleasant Valley was kind enough to donate a live evergreen tree. Edward Villegas Landscaping generously provided the manpower to plant the impressive 16-foot tall evergreen in the center lawn of campus where the decorating will take place.
Afterward, and cozy inside, students will be treated to hot cocoa and cookies.
Throughout the year, Anderson students, staff, families and community members persevere through a number of intense struggles and setbacks. It is an all-too-familiar and heartbreaking story for millions of families across the nation. And, with autism recognized as the fastest growing disability in America today, it is an issue that truly affects us all.
Despite the hardships and heartache, Anderson continues to strive to ensure a brighter future for every individual living on the autism spectrum. The annual tree lighting ceremony is a special moment for all involved with Anderson; to celebrate not only the holidays, but one another – their success, their strength and most of all, their unwavering commitment in reaching every one of Anderson’s goals.
For more information contact:
Ashworth Creative, Public Relations
About Anderson Center for Autism
Anderson Center for Autism is New York’s premier autism treatment and care center. It is a non-profit organization located in picturesque Staatsburg, N.Y., dedicated to providing the highest quality programs possible for both children and adults with autism and related developmental disabilities. It employs more than 700 specialists who are expertly trained to diagnose, treat, and care for adults and children on the autism spectrum.
Bilmar Nurseries Inc.
Bilmar Nurseries is a family owned and operated business, spanning three generations. The original farm was founded in 1941 Dr. and Mrs. Rawls. In the early 70’s Bilmar decided to cut some of their Colorado blue spruce and Douglas fir to sell to the public as Christmas trees. Carefully placed right on the front lawn of their farmhouse, this is how all began! Today, owner’s Scott and Meg live in the family farmhouse in the same farmhouse where Bilmar first emerged 70 years ago.