Autism Awareness - April thru October

April of every year is Autism Awareness Month.

Patty, at Mike's on Main, will have a Blue Bucket near the cash register to collect donations for Autism children. The Annual Blue Bucket Campaign will run until the end of October.

All donations benefit Henderson County Exceptional Children's Services. One hundred percent (100%) of the monies raised is shared between 8 classrooms. (Sugarloaf Elementary, Hendersonville High School, Rugby Middle, Flat Rock Middle, Hendersonville Elementary 2 Classrooms and Hendersonville Middle School 2 classrooms).

The donations are used to pay for:

         a) Field trips
         b) Bus rides
         c) Educational materials
         d) Sports equipment
         e) Other needs


History:

Patty Adamic, owner of Mike's on Main restaurant, has been a fundraiser for Autism Awareness for 10 years.

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In the early days, a musician who played at the restaurant set out a Blue Bucket for tips. Those tips were donated to autism efforts.

When the musician moved on, Patty placed the Blue Bucket near the cash register to collect donations for the Henderson County Exceptional Children's Services. Later, she began installing blue lights in the restaurant during April to acknowledge Autism Awareness Month. When customers asked "Why the blue lights?" she would explain her support for autism.

Through the years Patty has sponsored bike nights in conjunction with the Blue Bucket Campaign as well as sock hops on the sidewalk in front of her diner.