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Autism center to expand

Because more clients of the Soaring Eagles Center for Autism are “aging out” of existing programs but continue to benefit from assistance, the center is raising money to build an addition to its current building that is specifically for adults.

“We want to have an extension from our current building that is just for adults,” said Director Karen Colvin. “We have eight adults and a growing population of them, and many of our clients continue to need services. We want this to be just for adults.”

The services would include behavior, social and life skills. Colvin noted that within the next few years, several more children currently being served at SECA will graduate and join the adult group.

As the first major fundraiser for the building extension, SECA is holding an evening with entertainer Jolly Demis, a comedian, impressionist, singer and general entertainer, on October 11.

The night includes a cash bar and silent auctions, a few live auction items, then dinner and Demis’ performance. The fundraiser is at the Colorado Ballroom at Occhiato Student Center on the Colorado State University-Pueblo campus.

Tickets are $50 per person or $95 per couple. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time, reserved, or purchased at the door. All proceeds benefit SECA.

Former Denver Broncos quarterback and Hall of Famer John Elway has been quoted as saying that “Demis gets funnier every time I see him,” so Colvin knows he will provide a fun evening.

Colvin said the Center would like to raise at least $30,000 to be in a good place to start construction. Anyone interested in donating a silent auction item is encouraged to call SECA.

The Center opened in November of 2001 and currently has 35 clients, from ages 18 months through adulthood. Many clients are from the Pueblo area, but others come from Colorado Springs, Alamosa and more.

To purchase or reserve tickets, donate an item or for more information about the fundraiser, contact the SECA at 547-8803.

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