2012-06-20 / Features

QSAC’s Gala Raises $200,000 For Autism Services


QSAC board members Larry Litwack and Michael Serao with CEO of NYSE Euronext Duncan Niederauer, his daughter, Amanda Niederauer and QSAC’s Executive Director Gary Maffei. QSAC board members Larry Litwack and Michael Serao with CEO of NYSE Euronext Duncan Niederauer, his daughter, Amanda Niederauer and QSAC’s Executive Director Gary Maffei. QSAC’s gala, Fitting Together, raised more than $200,000 to support programs and services for children and adults with autism in New York City and Long Island. With nearly 300 supporters in attendance, QSAC recognized this year’s honorees while working to increase autism awareness in the community

The gala was held at Guastavino’s under the 59th Street Bridge and included a performance by legendary singer/songwriter Martha Wash – QSAC’s celebrity spokesperson.

The event honored Pfizer’s Autism Research Effort with the Corporate Leadership Award, Duncan and Alison Niederauer with the Philanthropic Leadership Award, as well as a special recognition for QSAC’s Executive Director Gary Maffei, for his 20 years of service. CEO of NYSE Euronext Duncan Niederauer and Alison Niederauer, a board member of Autism Speaks, spoke about the importance of QSAC’s work in the community and the impact it has on the lives of those most in need.


Associate Deputy Commissioner Jill Gentile from the NYS Office of People with Developmental Disabilities, presenting Gary Maffei with an award for his 20 years of service as QSAC’s Executive Director. Associate Deputy Commissioner Jill Gentile from the NYS Office of People with Developmental Disabilities, presenting Gary Maffei with an award for his 20 years of service as QSAC’s Executive Director. Yvette Watts, President of QSAC’s Board of Directors said, “This year’s gala was a beautiful celebration of QSAC’s many achievements while also being a reminder of our aspirations as an organization. Each of this year’s honorees reminded us of the importance of supporting QSAC’s work as we continue to respond to increasing need.”

This year’s event was made possible with the generous support of HiTouch Business Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, NYSE Euronext, DTCC, Knight Capital Group, Koeppel Auto Group, KPMG, Macy’s, Stuart Frankel & Co., SVFC Treatment & Research Group, USI Insurance, AKF Group LLC, Amorelli Realty, Astoria Federal Savings, Capell Barnett Matalon & Schoenfeld LLP, DAS Trader, Enterprise Holdings Corp., Four Brothers General Contracting, Quontic Bank and World’s Fair Pharmacy. Additional contributions in honor of this year’s honorees can be made by contacting QSAC at 212-244-5560, ext. 2016 or visiting www.qsac.com/donate.

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