Past Fundraising Events

This Year

4th Annual Autism Awareness Run/Walk

Clarington Polar Bear Swim 

Past Years

3rd Annual Autism Awareness Run/Walk

Girls Nite for Autism 2016

A Night for Autism Gala 

Third Party Fundraisers

Niko's Night for Autism

Mom Cafe Christmas Open House

Success in the City #2

Baseball Oshawa Wild Wing Night

Mother's Day Mayhem

4th Annual Elite Meat Charity BBQ 

Other Third Party Fundraisers

4th Annual Autism Awareness Run/Walkrun walk collage
Despite the threat of rain, over 250 children and adults and even some furry friends came together for the 4th Annual Autism Awareness Run/Walk organized in partnership with Autisms Angels. Congratulations to top fundraisers Aisling Brewer (adult), Kash Freeman (child) and Team Eric (team)! Thank you to Whitby Mayor Don Mitchell and local MPP Lorne Coe for coming out to show your support, for Kara Onofrio of Autisms Angels, and for all the volunteers, sponsors, and community members for helping make it such an amazing event. In total $46 332 was raised to support the autism community in the Durham Region.


clarington polar bear swim logoJanuary 1, 2017

Also known as the "Dash of Insanity" and the "Plunge for Life", swimmers braved the icy cold waters of Lake Ontario for a great cause, this year being the Hollylynn Towie Scholarship FundClick here to see a slideshow of the event.

Thank you to event organizers Hugh and Nancy Towie and to the Liverpool Supporters of Durham Region for their enduring support.  A total of $10,277 was raised for the Hollylynn Towie Scholarship Fund!

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Past Years

3rd Annual Autism Awareness Walk/Run

3rd walk run bannerDespite the rain, 282 participants came out for the 3rd Annual Autism Awareness Run/Walk in Whitby.  It was a great example of the community coming together for a common purpose.  We would like to thank Kara Onofrio of Autism's Angels for all her hard work and dedication in hosting this event and all the volunteers and sponsors who made it such a great success.  In total, $73,939 was raised for Autism Ontario Durham Region!walk run collage


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Girls Nite for Autism was an evening of great entertainment, shopping, decor demos, psychic readings, live artists, delicious appetizers and tasty treats, complimentary chair massages, a cake auction, a silent auction and so much more! With M.C. Stephanie Herrera of Durham Improv, singer-songwriter Erin Bird, guitarist Juan Coronado, over 30 vendors, our signature drink and some other great surprises, this event was one to remember!  For details visit Thank you to al our sponsors, vendors, donors and attendees who made this night such a success.

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A Night for Autism Gala

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The inaugural A Night for Autism Gala was an amazing night thanks to the talents of Neil Crone, Broadsway, MPP Jennifer French and the many volunteers who spent countless hours bringing it all together. 

This was also a night to thank our many supporters.  Kara and David Onofrio of Autism's Angels, Sarah Morrow, Team Captain for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and Dan Milanovic of Elite Meat Company were recognized for their outstanding financial support of the Chapter.  A special award of appreciation was also given to Ana Marple and Zita Mineiro, long-time volunteers and CLC members (14 and 8 yrs respectively).  

A beautiful painting by Bernie Bainbridge was donated by the Chapter to Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences and was presented to Dr. Ian Dawe on their behalf.

Also an award of appreciation was accepted by Quinn Flaherty on behalf of  his late father, Jim Flaherty for his tireless work and support of people of all abilities. 

Thanks also to our many Gala Sponsors: 

Graziella Jewellery ~ Royal Ashburn Golf Club ~ Deeply Rooted ~ Help Me Rhonda's ~ Via Rail ~ Jewellery by Saunders ~ Foran Roofing ~ Roger Anderson ~ Magic Portraits ~ Veridian Corporation ~ Aids Committee of Durham ~ Up Is Loud ~ Minute Man Press Whitby ~ M and R Catering & Cooking School ~ Ana Marple ~ Shortie Cakes ~ Design Events on a Dime ~ Personally Pampered ~ Brooklin Floral and Gift Shoppe ~ Annie Lane Decor ~ Sweet EverGray Baby ~ Ooh La La Party Rentals ~ Beanstalks ~ Canadian Beauty College ~ Julie Cooney / Velata ~ Foran Roofing ~ Hudson's Bay Company ~ Golf Life Magazine ~ Arbonne

Third Party Fundraisers 

Niko's Night for Autism Gala

nikos gala collageNiko's Night for Autism was an amazing night of community, love and support as over 230 guests came together to support Autism Ontario. At our 2017 Annual Chapter Meeting Dan Milanovic, owner of the Elite Meat Company and event organizer presented us with a cheque for $50 000! We cannot say enough to thank the Milanovic family and the Elite Meat Company for their support and committment to helping the ASD community in the Durham Region.

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Mom Cafe 4th Annual Christmas Open House

Saturday, November 19 at 10 AM - 4 PM

You loved it in 2015, you won't want to miss it as we grow bigger and better in 2016!

Santa will be on site! We are working with Better Memories Photography this year and could not be more excited! Photo packages (printed on site) begin at $9.75! We will be giving 100 families this photo package for FREE! Stay tuned here and at Mom Cafe for how you can win!  *If you win you can apply your $9.75 voucher towards any photo package*  Also check out for samples of her work!  We are working on our charities for this event over the summer, please feel free to give us your suggestions below! We will be supporting Autism Ontario - Durham Region as one of them!  For details click here.

Success in the City #2 Oshawa

success in the city 2 collageSuccess in the City was a seminar-style forum that will featured experts in various areas essential to the urban woman’s lifestyle- beauty, sex, relationships, finance, careers, fashion, nutrition and fitness. Our mission is to educate, inspire and connect the new demographic of young, independent, ambitious women in our city; it is based on what we call the Foundations for Fabulousness. 

Autism Ontario Durham Region was honoured to be recipients of the proceeds of this event.  Thank you for your support. 


baseball oshawa flyerBaseball Oshawa Buffalo Wild Wing Night

Baseball Oshawa Oshawa Buffalo Wild Wing hosted a night of great food, raffles and entertainment and raised funds for Autism Ontario Durham Region! Many thanks for your support of our work and the autism community in Durham Region.

4th Annual Elite Meat Charity BBQ

This event took place on Sunday June 19th from 1-8pm in support of Autism Ontario - Durham Region. This event was part of the Ajax Home Week Waterfront FestivalThe weather cooperated to make it a beautiful day to help the autism community.

Special thanks to Dan Milanovic and the team at Elite Meats for donating a total of $14,500 from this event!  elite meat chq pres

Mothers's Day Mayhem with Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Thank you to Derek and D# Sports and Entertainment for hosting Mother's Day Mayhem in benefit of Autism Ontario Durham Region.  It was a fun event for the whole family.  Thank you for your donation and support!  Here is a a testimonial from a family who attended:

mothers day mayhem collage"Good Morning Derek,
I wanted to THANK YOU VERY MUCH for the tickets to the "Mother's Day Mayhem" event. It was FANTASTIC! We had soooo much fun celebrating Mother's Day with our first experience with wrestling. Our autistic son did awesome

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