Nearly 1,000 guests attended the annual Teamsters Local 25 Autism Gala at the Boch Center Wang Theatre Saturday evening.
The event, now in its 12th year, has raised millions of dollars for nonprofits that support people with autism and developmental delays.
“We’re proud of the contributions Teamsters Local 25 has been able to make within the autism community these last 12 years,” said Teamsters Local 25 president Sean O’Brien. “We’ve helped to pass insurance legislation, raise crucial funds for research and awareness, and hopefully give families with autism hope and reassurance that they aren’t alone.”
Guests included Governor Charlie Baker and his wife, Lauren, and the evening’s honorees: Larry Cancro, Red Sox senior vice president/Fenway Concerts and Entertainment, and Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo.
“This organization truly understands the full scope of this spectrum disorder and is dedicated to helping families lead more typical lives,” Cancro said. “As the father of an adult with autism, I’m humbled by the recognition.”
“Teamsters Local 25 has been an important advocate on autism issues through their support for organizations that provide crucial services for individuals with autism,” Baker said. “I applaud their efforts and look forward to continuing to work with them on this issue.”
The gala included performances by the Boston Higashi School Jazz Band, an ensemble of students on the autism spectrum; the Greater Boston Firefighters Pipes and Drum Band; and local dance favorite BOSS; and was emceed by WBZ-TV news anchor David Wade.