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Harrison Autism Benefit Show Raises Over $7,000

HARRISON, N.Y. -- Harrison's Louis M. Klein Middle School teacher Cris Spinner was all smiles Friday morning when she and her students presented a check for more than $7,000 to the Autism Speaks organization. The money was raised during a musical benefit that Spinner helped coordinate last December.

“There was such a huge community involvement,” Spinner said.  “The school district, the students, the town, I couldn’t do it without them.”

Spinner and several Harrison School District colleagues and friends came together last December to organize a holiday event known as "The Voices Heard 5 - Musical Concert to Benefit Autism," in which students and PTA members raised money to benefit autism awareness. A celebratory breakfast Friday morning had them presenting a check to Christine Godowski, the Autism Speaks regional director.

Spinner, a parent of an autistic child, worked alongside fellow Harrison Avenue School teachers Kristina-Marie Cascone, Regina Singel and Clancy Tager. She joined Louis M. Klein Middle School after teaching music at Harrison Elementary School for over 20 years.

At the breakfast, Spinner also announced plans for a "Voices Heard 6" show to be held next December, where she said she hopes to raise even more money for the Autism cause.

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