SPECIAL NEEDS NETWORK UNVEILS PLANS TO OPEN THE FIRST EVER LA CLINIC
FOR CHILDREN LIVING WITH AUTISM AT
14TH ANNUAL EVENING UNDER THE STARS GALA
Opening its Doors in 2020 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital the Child and Family Well Being Center Will Offer Free Services to Children and Families
support of presenting sponsors like this year’s Blue Cross California Promise Health Plan,
As actress Kim Whitley opens up her house for the great event.
veteran comedian Grammy-nominated recording artist MAJOR, Kiki
Shepherd, Denise Nichols, and award recipients Judge Greg Mathis and his wife
(October 22, 2020 – Los Angeles) – It was a night to remember as SPECIAL NEEDS NETWORK (SNN) founder Areva Martin, Esq. and board members of the non-profit feted 300 invitation-only guests at a private estate over the weekend at the organization’s 14th Annual Evening Under the Stars Gala fundraiser. Making this year extra special was the unveiling of SNN’s plans to open in Fall 2020 California’s first-ever clinic for children living with autism and other developmental challenges. After raising millions of dollars in
Southern California with the
Martin called The Child and Family Well Being Center “a
dream come true many years in the making.” The clinic will be located at Martin Luther
King, Jr. Community Hospital in South Los Angeles.
Hosted by TV personality Sherri Shepherd, the event was held on the property of SNN board member and fellow comedienne Kym Whitley. With irreverence, both mothers shared their personal journeys of raising children with special needs while encouraging
others to stay the course. Guests included LA County Supervisor the Honorable Mark
Ridley Thomas, actress
Vanessa Bell Calloway
, TV personality Shaun Robinson, (State
Senator Steve Bradford and 9th District City Councilman Curren Price,
Garrett Morris, Caroline Rhea,
Dr. Randy W. Hawkins, and actress and disability rights activist Lauren “Lolo” Spencer.
“When Marty was diagnosed with autism, there were no substantive services available so I had to create them,” shared the Harvard Law educated Martin, a civil rights attorney whose lobbying and advocacy efforts have resulted in meaningful legislation for children living with special needs. “I’m so glad families are benefitting from SNN and can’t wait
until our clinic opens next year.”
For additional information on SNN go to www.snn.org or contact: Anna Fuson | Red Sea Entertainment
323.578.4920 | Anna@redseaent.net
From left actresses and fellow comedienne’s Kym Whitley and Sherri Shepherd with Special Needs Network founder and civil rights attorney Areva Martin)
TV Personality Shaun Robinson at Special Needs Network’s Evening Under the Stars Gala in Los Angeles
2020 Special Needs Network honoree Judge Greg Mathis and his wife Linda at the Evening Under the Stars Gala
Areva Martin, Special Needs Network founder, children’s rights advocate and Harvard civil rights attorney
Actress and disability rights activist Lauren “Lolo” Spencer with Special Needs Network board member
This was a great event all photos was taken by David Evans of Backstage Access Magazine and Curtis Sabir Thanks so much LaRita Shelby.