The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Event Calendar of events for The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundationen-usWed, 05 Nov 2014 15:39:14 GMT45
<item><title>Traditional Home Magazine 2014 Classic Woman Awards Gala</title><link>;id=1748</link><guid>;id=1748</guid><description>Linda J. Walder was named one of five &quot;Classic Woman&quot; at Traditional Home magazine&apos;s 25th Anniversary gala in New York City.  Chosen by Traditional Home&apos;s editors, Linda was selected from nominees from around the United States for this 10th Annual honor.  The event featured design world and media luminaries as well as 4 other outstanding and inspiring &quot;Classic Woman&quot;  from across the USA.</description><pubDate>Wed, 05 Nov 2014 15:39:14 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Linda J. Walder Presents 3rd Annual Ignition Grant to UJA Federation of NY</title><link>;id=1743</link><guid>;id=1743</guid><description>Linda J. Walder, Founder and Executive Director of The Daniel Jordan Fiddle (DJF) Foundation, presented the 3rd Annual Ignition Grant to UJA Federation of NY at the Hilibrand Autism Conference in New York City on April 1, 2014.  The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Ignition Grant Program was established at a collaborative, co-funded award between the DJF Foundation and UJA Federation of NY to seed new and innovative programs to help young  adults and adults living with Autism to lead healthy and meaningful lives, achieve additive levels of independence, and integrate into the broader Jewish community.  An important goal of this initiative is to create replicable program and service delivery models for programs that benefit adults living with Autism.</description><pubDate>Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:57:44 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>THE FIFTH ANNUAL DJF STAY AT HOME RED BALL IS NOW OVER: READ ABOUT IT HERE!</title><link>;id=1576</link><guid>;id=1576</guid><description>The no frills but extraordinarily glamourous STAY AT HOME gala of the season is now over the and the lucky winners of the incredible prize packages have been notified and their prizes are en route to them. We are so grateful to the generous donors and to all who participated in this unique event.  Our Fifth Annual event was a huge success thanks to all of you! We are pleased to report that all proceeds from this event, as always, go directly to our mission. This year&apos;s event raised nearly $43,000 that will be used to cultivate the development of our Signature Programs and other groundbreaking initiatives that benefit adults living with Autism.  Thanks so much!!!</description><pubDate>Fri, 16 Nov 2012 12:23:38 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Linda Walder Fiddle To Be Honored by Hope Autism Foundation---Event Rescheduled for 12/14/12</title><link>;id=1568</link><guid>;id=1568</guid><description>Linda Walder Fiddle, Founder and Executive Director of the first national Autism organization focused exclusively on adults,The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation, will be honored for her decade-long commitment to creating opportunities and initiatives that benefit the diverse population of adults living with Autism.   For more information on how to support the event that will help to establish this multi-faceted program for adults on the Autism spectrum visit the website at:&lt;br /&gt;</description><pubDate>Fri, 07 Sep 2012 15:48:19 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Linda Walder Fiddle TO Be Honored by Hope Autism Foundation</title><link>;id=1567</link><guid>;id=1567</guid><description>Linda Walder Fiddle, Founder and Executive Director of the first national Autism organization, The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation, will be honored for her decade-long commitment to creating opportunities and initiatives that benefit the diverse population of adults living with Autism.   For more information on how to support the event that will benefit this multi-faceted program for adults on the Autism spectrum visit the website at:&lt;br /&gt;</description><pubDate>Fri, 07 Sep 2012 15:48:17 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>PURE THREAD STYLE COMPANY TO HOLD EXCLUSIVE ECO FASHION EVENT FOR DJF FOUNDATION</title><link>;id=1558</link><guid>;id=1558</guid><description>Join New York&apos;s renowned fashion stylists and leaders in the luxury eco fashion movement for a one-of-a-kind Fall fashion event featuring cutting-edge environmentally sustainable clothing and accessories that you will find no where else!  The collections you will partake of have been fine-tuned and edited by fashion icon, Jill Heller.  A donation of part of the proceeds will benefit The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;This private shopping event is not to be missed!  Please RSVP to Jill at or Linda at;br /&gt;For more information about Pure Thread, visit their website at:</description><pubDate>Wed, 15 Aug 2012 17:22:02 EST</pubDate><category>Sustainable</category><category>luxury Fall fashion event 2012</category></item><item><title>DJF Foundation and Ridgewood CAN Host "Loving Lampposts" for Autism Awareness Month 2012</title><link>;id=1545</link><guid>;id=1545</guid><description>The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation (DJF) and Ridgewood Community Access Network (Ridgewood CAN) will host a FREE screening of Todd Drezner’s documentary film, Loving Lampposts:  Living Autistic, on Saturday, April 7, at 1 pm, at Ridgewood Public Library’s Belcher Auditorium, 125 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ, 201-670-5600. This Autism Awareness Month event is being offered as a public service to increase awareness, understanding, and acceptance about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;Linda Walder Fiddle, Founder and Executive Director of DJF, says: “We are presenting a free screening of this remarkable new film in order to promote community awareness and empathy for all people living with Autism and their families. It is a vital part of our mission to help create a world where individuals living with Autism are valued and respected for who they are, and ‘Loving Lampposts’ will inspire all who see it to look at individuals on the spectrum with new eyes.”&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;Ridgewood Councilman Paul Aronsohn, the founder and leader behind Ridgewood CAN, states: “This will be an important opportunity for our community to come together for a good film and a good cause.  Through this program, and through so many other activities, The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation is promoting a much-needed conversation and a much better understanding of Autism.”&lt;br /&gt;</description><pubDate>Wed, 21 Mar 2012 19:48:54 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Linda Walder Fiddle Receives "Evangelina Menendez Trailblazer Award" from US Senator Robert Menendez</title><link>;id=1544</link><guid>;id=1544</guid><description>Linda Walder Fiddle, Founder and Executive Director of The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation was a recipient of the &quot;Evangelina Menendez Trailblazer Award&quot; from United States Senator Robert Menendez on Sunday, March 11, 2012.  The award was presented by the Senator and his children Alicia and Rob, in honor of Women&apos;s History Month to six pioneering New Jersey women for their leadership in their given fields.  Ms. Walder Fiddle was the first recipient in the field of Autism to receive the award; she was noted to be a leader in the Autism community who has opened doors for adults living with Autism throughout the nation.  Walder Fiddle was joined by her family, colleagues and friends at the ceremony that featured a keynote address by Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, Remarks by Dr. Carlos Hernandez, President of New Jersey City University and Mistress of Ceremonies, April Woodard, one of the nation&apos;s leading broadcasters.</description><pubDate>Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:36:53 EST</pubDate><category>US Senator Robert Menendez</category></item><item><title>The 4th ANNUAL DJF STAY AT HOME RED BALL IS NOW OVER!!!</title><link>;id=1534</link><guid>;id=1534</guid><description>Dust off the ball-gown, let out the tuxedo....and then put them back in the closet!  You won&apos;t need them for the 4th Annual DJF Stay at Home Red Ball.  So pull out the TV trays and stock up the fridge (or at least menus from local restaurants that deliver) and get ready for the glitziest, no-frills event of the season where you can win extravagant prize packages, help adults living with Autism throughout the USA, and never have to lift a finger (except to change channels on your remote).  The ball is now over and here are the lucky winners:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;LUCKY WINNERS&lt;br /&gt;PRIZE 1: Jack Burns&lt;br /&gt;PRIZE 2: Adam Subber&lt;br /&gt;PRIZE 3: Beatrice Gravino&lt;br /&gt;PRIZE 4: Frank Stifelman&lt;br /&gt;PRIZE 5: Dawn Calvetti&lt;br /&gt;PRIZE 6: Kathy Solana&lt;br /&gt;PRIZE 7: Richard Murnick&lt;br /&gt;CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS to ALL!!!</description><pubDate>Tue, 08 Nov 2011 10:42:56 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Experience Broadway's Newest Hit of the 2011 Season and Benefit Adults Living with Autism</title><link>;id=1528</link><guid>;id=1528</guid><description>Woody Allen, Elaine May, Ethan Coen and a cast of characters that includes Marlo Thomas, Mark Linn-Baker, Steve Guttenberg and Julie Kavner in a trilogy of comic proportions directed by John Turturro!  Yes...its RELATIVELY SPEAKING---because after all what is funnier than family!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;We have a limited number of Orchestra Seats at $150. each ($70 is your donation per ticket)&lt;br /&gt;For more information contact: Pam Ball at;br /&gt;or leave her a message at 877-444-1149!</description><pubDate>Thu, 06 Oct 2011 21:34:38 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Combating Autism Reauthorization Act Celebration for US Senator Robert Menendez</title><link>;id=1533</link><guid>;id=1533</guid><description>Celebration at The Gerard J. Dynes NJ Regional Day School in Jersey City, NJ for Senator Robert Menendez who took the leadership role in Congress as the sponsor of the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011 that President Obama recently signed into law.  The CARA Act allocates significant funding for medical research into the causes and treatments for Autism as well as some funding for programs.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Linda Walder Fiddle introduced Senator Menendez at this event attended by families, advocates and leaders in the autism community as well as public officials. The Senator praised Linda and the work of The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation in advocating for the rights of all people living with Autism and their families.</description><pubDate>Mon, 17 Oct 2011 17:47:01 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>DJF Supporters Enjoy Andrea Bocelli at Lincoln Center for Valentine's Day</title><link>;id=1520</link><guid>;id=1520</guid><description>The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation hosts several &quot;boutique&quot; events each year that are special events for a small group of supporters (first-come, first-served) that include Broadway theater events, premier entertainment and sports events, private shopping evenings, wine-tastings and more.  In celebration of Valentine&apos;s Day 2011, fifty of our valued supporters joined us for Andrea Bocelli&apos;s only New York City concert at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center.  It was a rare and romantic treat that also benefited our efforts on behalf of adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorders throughout the United States. </description><pubDate>Fri, 13 May 2011 16:51:48 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>STAY AT HOME RED BALL WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR HOLIDAY 2010!!!</title><link>;id=1475</link><guid>;id=1475</guid><description>We are thrilled to announce the lucky winners of our Stay at Home Red Ball Holiday Raffle for 2010!!! We hope that all of the seven lucky winners enjoy their prizes and that 2011 is a great year for all!!! Thank you to everyone for making the event a great success!!! All of the event&apos;s proceeds will go directly to our all-volunteer organization&apos;s programs and advocacy efforts on behalf of adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorders...&lt;br /&gt;Prize 1: Let the Sun Shine in 2011-Family Vacation---Jennifer Mohr&lt;br /&gt;Prize 2: Celebrate Occasion in 2011--NY in the New Year---Jill Heller&lt;br /&gt;Prize 3: New Year&apos;s Resolution 2011--Pamper Thyself Spa Vacation---Bonnie and Lewis Borinsky&lt;br /&gt;Prize 4: Convene with Nature in 2011--Country Weekend---Johanna and Brian Habib&lt;br /&gt;Prize 5: Make 2011 the Year of the Woman---Christina Trentino&lt;br /&gt;Prize 6: Be &quot;The Dude&quot; in 2011---Bob Brislin&lt;br /&gt;Prize 7: It Could be Love in 2011---Susan Rappaport&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;</description><pubDate>Sun, 02 Jan 2011 13:32:25 EST</pubDate></item><item><title> Third Annual Stay at Home Red Ball---Holiday Gala 2010</title><link>;id=1469</link><guid>;id=1469</guid><description>Stay tuned for our spectacular Stay at Home Red Ball-Holiday Gala beginning December 1st!  This is the ultimate way to end 2010 in the lap of luxury.  If you would like to receive an invitation to this one-of-a-kind event, send an e-mail to that includes your name, street address, e-mail and telephone number.  Invitations will only be available by postal mail (after all this is a GALA!!!).  &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Download the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Red Ball Invitation.&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Download the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Red Ball RSVP Card.&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;</description><pubDate>Thu, 28 Oct 2010 20:49:14 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Go GREEN at the Barclays and Support DJF</title><link>;id=1386</link><guid>;id=1386</guid><description> Support The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Signature Programs throughout the United States for adults affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and enjoy watching your favorite pro golfers… The Barclays, the first event in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, will feature 125 of the top players on TOUR, Aug. 24-29 at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J.  &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Tickets are $50 for a weekly pass. To purchase your tickets and benefit DJF programs throughout the United States in only 5 easy steps...&lt;br /&gt;1)Go to &lt;br /&gt;2)On the left click on The Barclays&apos;, BUY TICKETS&lt;br /&gt;3)Click on CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS&lt;br /&gt;4)Enter code TBDTJZ (DJF’s code) in the box next to the number of tickets you wish to purchase and you will be directed to TicketMaster&lt;br /&gt;5)Tickets are purchased and printed directly from TicketMaster website&lt;br /&gt;REMEMBER TO ENTER THE DJF code above!!!! &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;</description><pubDate>Sun, 25 Apr 2010 13:31:18 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Linda Walder Fiddle Will Help Lead Congressional Briefing for AFAA</title><link>;id=1394</link><guid>;id=1394</guid><description>Linda Walder Fiddle, Founder and Executive Director of The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation will be the moderator of a Stakeholder Panel comprised of a diverse group of adults living with autism and family members of adults, in her role as a member of the Steering Committee of AFAA.  This historic Congressional briefing will take place In Washington, D.C. on July 15, 2010.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced  late last year that autism is affecting 1 in 110 children, including 1 in 70 boys. This represents a staggering 57 percent increase from 2002 to 2006 and a 600 percent increase in just the past 20 years. As parents, we struggle to find the answers to basic, immutable parenting questions, such as “what can I do to best support my child?”  Questions become even more complex as our children enter adulthood and we wrestle with the looming  concern of “who will care for my adult child when I’m no longer able to do so?”&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;The increase in prevalence is producing a corresponding increase in the need for effective services and lifetime supports for adults with autism. Demand continues to far exceed the   available, leaving a generation of people with autism and their families in a programmatic, financial and personal limbo. Housing, employment and community life opportunities are limited and restrict the ability of adults with autism from achieving more productive and independent lives.  Further, the costs for caring for each individual with autism throughout their lifetime is a staggering $3.2 million that our families and country cannot afford.  To reduce the long-term financial and societal impacts, we must focus our energies on expanding resources, forging collaborations and amending public policy. &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA) is a national consortium of 14 organizations working together to develop the public and private sector support needed to improve the lives of adults with autism. We hope you will join us for the AFAA Congressional briefing with honorary co-chairs Senator Robert Menendez (NJ) and Congressman Mike Doyle (PA), July 15 at 9am in the Kennedy Caucus Room.  At that time, we will present recommendations for a national policy agenda, based on the AFAA Think Tank and AFAA National Town Hall events held in 2009.  During the briefing, we will address the unique needs of adolescents and adults living with autism in the areas of housing, employment and community life, as well as many cross-cutting themes. You will also hear directly from adults with autism and family members who are part of a stakeholders discussion panel.&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;AFAA Congressional Briefing Overview:  Bringing together federal legislators, national policymakers and advocates for adults with autism – including individuals who have autism – to discuss priorities for action in both the public and private sectors that address the increasing and unmet demand for effective services for adolescents and adults with the disorder&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;Honorary Co-Chairs:  Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Congressman Michael Doyle of Pennsylvania&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;Date/Time:  9am-12:30 pm, Thursday, July 15, 2010&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;Location &amp; Schedule:  Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE &lt;br /&gt;Washington, DC 20002&lt;br /&gt;With more than 500,000 children entering adulthood within the next 15 years, and those individuals who have already reached adulthood, we need to be assured that our adult children are able to live out their lives in comfort and safety, engaged in productive meaningful jobs and experiences that promote independence, and included as part of communities that accept, understand and respect their differences.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt;SAVE THE DATE: Congressional Briefing&lt;br /&gt;When:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;July 15, 2010&lt;br /&gt;9:00 AM - 12:30PM&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Where:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Kennedy Caucus Room&lt;br /&gt;Russell Senate Office Building &lt;br /&gt;Washington, DC&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Register Now!;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;*Registration is required to attend this event. A limited number of seats are available, so please register ASAP.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Honorary Co-Chairs: &lt;br /&gt;Senator Robert Menendez (NJ) &lt;br /&gt;Congressman Mike Doyle (PA)&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;On July 15th, 2010, the Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism initiative will host a Congressional briefing that will bring together federal legislators, national policymakers and advocates for adults with autism – including individuals living with autism – to discuss priorities for action in the public and private sectors that address the increasing and unmet demand for effective services for adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Following a brief overview of autism, a stakeholder panel—featuring a diverse range of adults on the spectrum as well as family members—will shed light on the strengths, challenges, complexities, and humanity of adults with autism. The panel will address the wide array of needs of this rapidly growing population. A presentation of the national agenda that was developed during a national town hall meeting in November will follow. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Topics to be discussed include: &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Community Life&lt;br /&gt;Employment&lt;br /&gt;Housing&lt;br /&gt;Cross-Cutting Issues &lt;br /&gt;Click here for a detailed agenda of the Congressional briefing.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Partner Organizations: Alpine Learning Group, Autism Speaks, The Autism Program of Illinois, The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation, Easter Seals, Global Communities of Support, Hallmark Community Solutions, New York Center for Autism, Organization for Autism Research, Trinity Services, Inc., UM-NSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, Southwest Autism Research &amp; Resource Center, rethink autism. &lt;br /&gt;Lunch will be served following the briefing.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt; &lt;br /&gt; </description><pubDate>Thu, 08 Jul 2010 09:52:14 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Congressional Briefing on Adult Issues-AFAA</title><link>;id=1391</link><guid>;id=1391</guid><description>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE&lt;br /&gt;AFAA TO HOLD CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING HIGHLIGHTING&lt;br /&gt;THE CRITICAL NEED FOR INCREASED SERVICES&lt;br /&gt;FOR ADULTS WITH AUTISM&lt;br /&gt;New Report from National Town Hall Outlines&lt;br /&gt;Priorities for Public and Private Sector Action&lt;br /&gt;NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 10, 2010) – Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA), a consortium of leading autism advocacy organizations and service providers, announced today that it will hold a Congressional briefing on July 15 in Washington, D.C. The briefing will bring together federal legislators, national policymakers and advocates for adults with autism – including individuals who have autism – to discuss priorities for action in the public and private sectors that address the increasing and unmet demand for effective services for adolescents and adults with the disorder.&lt;br /&gt;The honorary co-chairs of the Congressional briefing are Senator Robert Menendez (NJ) and Congressman Mike Doyle (PA), and the event will include an overview of autism and the array of needs of adults on the spectrum. A stakeholder panel – featuring a diverse range of adults on the autism spectrum as well as family members – will shed light on the strengths, challenges, complexities and humanity of those most intimately affected by the condition. AFAA leadership will then present a policy agenda that has been developed during an earlier Think Tank and National Town Hall. A series of panel discussions focused on housing, employment, community life and cross-cutting themes will explore the challenges, market demands and potential solutions addressed through public/private/nonprofit collaborations.&lt;br /&gt;The AFAA Congressional briefing is the latest step in an ongoing effort to identify key policy priorities to advocate for the needs of adults with autism to address critical challenges. An initial AFAA Think Tank in January 2009 was followed last November by a National Town Hall Meeting, which included almost 1,200 participants in sixteen locations across the country.&lt;br /&gt;Today, AFAA also released the executive summary from the National Town Hall, which will serve as a guide for the Congressional briefing. The executive summary features feedback and input from the National Town Hall participants and strategies for addressing four critical areas: housing, employment, community life and cross-cutting strategies. It also includes a five-year vision for each focus area.&lt;br /&gt;Key strategies enumerated in the executive summary include: changing existing systems to ensure funding streams follow people with autism and can be used in a variety of ways to meet their unique and involving needs; increasing the availability of qualified and motivated personnel who support adults with autism; presenting a clear picture of the significant current and projected demand for housing options to leaders and institutions that direct capital and influence housing policy; expanding private and public funding for residential services for adults with autism; and engaging employers by presenting a compelling picture of the benefits of employing adults with autism.&lt;br /&gt;“Working together, we have made incredible strides toward creating a focused agenda for improving access to services for adults with autism,” said Peter Bell, AFAA co-chair and executive vice president of Autism Speaks. “The Congressional briefing is an important next step as we seek to engage our elected leaders and key figures in the private sector and compel them to act in support of creating better futures for our loved ones with autism.”&lt;br /&gt;“As a nation, we must acknowledge the scope of the need for services for people with autism once they enter adulthood,” said Senator Menendez, author of the Helping HANDS for Autism Act. “It requires effective public-private partnerships to tackle these profound issues facing adults with autism and their families. Individuals living with autism have tremendous contributions to make if they are given the right tools to meet their full potential.”&lt;br /&gt;“Adults with autism are often overlooked by society, which tends to view autism as a childhood issue,” said Rep. Doyle, co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Autism Caucus, also known as the Coalition for Autism Research and Education or C.A.R.E. “Autism, for most, is a life-long disorder and it presents new challenges as children with autism enter adulthood, as the availability of services available to them and their families diminishes. Adults living with autism have the right to expect that their essential needs are met so that they can lead and enjoy productive and fulfilling lives. That’s why I was happy to sign on as an honorary co-chair of this briefing, which aims to bring us closer to achieving that very important goal.”&lt;br /&gt;For more information about the AFAA Congressional briefing, please visit About Autism&lt;br /&gt;Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 110 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The prevalence of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.&lt;br /&gt;About AFAA&lt;br /&gt;Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA) is a national consortium seeking to create meaningful futures for adults with autism that include homes, jobs, recreation, friends and supportive communities. This unique national consortium has united to set national priorities for adults on the autism spectrum and to transform public policy and programming for teens and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Throughout 2009,&lt;br /&gt;AFAA will collect information, develop strategic solutions and advance the national agenda.&lt;br /&gt;Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, and the New York Center for Autism are the AFAA organization chairs. The AFAA partners are: Global Communities of Support; Alpine Learning Group; The Autism Program of Illinois; The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation; Easter Seals; Hallmark Community Solutions; Organization for Autism Research; Southwest Autism Research &amp; Resource Center; and the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.&lt;br /&gt;For more information, please visit;br /&gt;# # #</description><pubDate>Tue, 15 Jun 2010 21:11:54 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>New York Premiere Screening of " Loving Lampposts"  to Benefit DJF Foundation</title><link>;id=1392</link><guid>;id=1392</guid><description>Contact: Todd Drezner FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE&lt;br /&gt;Cell Phone: 347-351-9835&lt;br /&gt;E-Mail:;br /&gt;NEW YORK PREMIERE OF “LOVING LAMPPOSTS” AT VISIONFEST&lt;br /&gt;Documentary Screening to Benefit Autism Foundation&lt;br /&gt;The New York premiere of LOVING LAMPPOSTS, a documentary about autism by&lt;br /&gt;New York filmmaker Todd Drezner, will take place on June 24 at Tribeca Cinemas as&lt;br /&gt;part of VISIONFEST: The Other Festival. Proceeds from the 8:00 p.m. screening will&lt;br /&gt;benefit the Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation, which develops, advocates for, and funds&lt;br /&gt;programs for autistic adults.&lt;br /&gt;Todd Drezner was inspired to make LOVING LAMPPOSTS after his son was diagnosed&lt;br /&gt;with autism. The film focuses on the controversies that have arisen around autism as it&lt;br /&gt;has become far more common than ever before: is it a devastating sickness to be cured?&lt;br /&gt;Or is it a variation of the human brain—just a different way to be human? LOVING&lt;br /&gt;LAMPPOSTS explores these questions by going to the front lines of the autism wars,&lt;br /&gt;where we meet a series of compelling characters, including parents, doctors, therapists,&lt;br /&gt;advocates, and a group of autistic adults and children who prove that &quot;if you&apos;ve met one&lt;br /&gt;autistic person, you&apos;ve met one autistic person.&quot;&lt;br /&gt;VISIONFEST Co-Director Bruno Derlin says, “Populated with a cast of memorable&lt;br /&gt;individuals who share their stories with stark honesty and without notions of prejudice,&lt;br /&gt;LOVING LAMPPOSTS entertains because it uses a very intimate and personal voice to&lt;br /&gt;narrate a universal story. It presents a strong debate and provides new insight on a&lt;br /&gt;subject that is often misunderstood. It is a documentary that will stay with you long after&lt;br /&gt;the lights have gone up.” Drezner comments, “I’m very excited to present LOVING&lt;br /&gt;LAMPPOSTS in my hometown at VISIONFEST. I hope the screening will help start a&lt;br /&gt;long overdue conversation about how we can best help autistic people lead meaningful&lt;br /&gt;lives.”&lt;br /&gt;The VISIONFEST screening will benefit the Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation, an autism&lt;br /&gt;foundation focused exclusively on the diverse population of adults on the autism&lt;br /&gt;spectrum. Linda Walder Fiddle, President of the Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation, says,&lt;br /&gt;“The donation from the screening of LOVING LAMPPOSTS will be used to develop,&lt;br /&gt;advocate for and fund programs throughout the United States that create suitable and&lt;br /&gt;sustainable opportunities for adults with autism to participate in and contribute to&lt;br /&gt;community life, including residential, employment, recreational and educational&lt;br /&gt;endeavors.” Drezner notes, “I was very pleased when VISIONFEST decided to make the&lt;br /&gt;screening a benefit, and even more pleased when I discovered a foundation that so&lt;br /&gt;closely matches the spirit of my film.”&lt;br /&gt;###&lt;br /&gt;For more information:&lt;br /&gt;;br /&gt;;br /&gt;;br /&gt;To schedule an interview with Todd Drezner, call 34-351-9835 or e-mail todd@todddrezner.&lt;br /&gt;com.</description><pubDate>Tue, 15 Jun 2010 21:22:09 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Linda Walder Fiddle Will Receive GRASP "FAB" Award</title><link>;id=1388</link><guid>;id=1388</guid><description>Join GRASP (The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership) for their annual gala at the William Bennett Gallery located at 65 Greene Street in New York CIty when they honor DJF Founder and Executive Director, Linda Walder Fiddle, Lois Greenwald and John Elder Robison! This is an incredible event and we hope you will  be there.  To purchase your tickets and support GRASP please go to their website at</description><pubDate>Tue, 11 May 2010 01:37:38 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Ladies Night Out hosted by Maureen Cummings</title><link>;id=1390</link><guid>;id=1390</guid><description>A beautiful evening of fashion, prizes and ladies!  Mostly, a beautiful evening of spirit and support to benefit our cause! We are so grateful to our generous hostess and to all involved!</description><pubDate>Fri, 04 Jun 2010 01:08:42 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Re-dedication of Daniel Jordan Fiddle Wildlife Habitat Trail at High Point Farm</title><link>;id=1389</link><guid>;id=1389</guid><description>A very special day today at High Point Farm as our friends from Fountain House and many other wonderful friends and families joined us as we re-dedicated the Daniel Jordan Fiddle Wildlife Habitat trail that now includes fitness stations, sensory stations, viewing vista stations, mediation areas and all in a gorgeous, tranquil setting---2 miles of bliss. And as we cut the ribbon, a beautiful rainbow appeared!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;We walked the splendid trail admiring Mother Nature&apos;s treasures and then enjoyed a delicious lunch together provided by Abi and Steve and all of our High Point Farm/Fountain House friends.  Thank you to Kenn Dudek, Executive Director of Fountain House and to all of the fantastic staff and members of Fountain House.  Thanks too, to all of our DJF friends and families---we are so glad you were with us!</description><pubDate>Sat, 22 May 2010 19:30:28 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Celebrate the Arts with the talented Cresskill Performing Arts Dance Troupe</title><link>;id=1379</link><guid>;id=1379</guid><description>A day of family fun and great performances including face-painting with Face Capades, 3 Platinum DJ and performances by the Cresskill Performing Arts Dance Troupe, the Junior Company, the Hip-Hop Company with Ljuba Castot, Jeff Keller from Broadway&apos;s Phantom of the Opera and DACC.  Also featured with be local musicians, professional dancers and singers.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Call 201-390-7513 to order your tickets!&lt;br /&gt;Show begins at 3 pm !!!</description><pubDate>Sat, 10 Apr 2010 20:28:48 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Linda Walder Fiddle Receives Honor From Rutgers' Autism Programs</title><link>;id=1381</link><guid>;id=1381</guid><description>Linda Walder Fiddle was honored at the 14th Annual DOORS event that celebrates the Rutgers- Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center and its parents organization DOORS.  The luau themed event designed by Priceless Events raised monies for supplemental curriculum programs.  Linda was accompanied by members of The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Board of Trustees, Fred Fiddle, Vicki Ofmani and Steve Ball.  DJF Director of Community Affairs, Pam Ball and Director of Outreach and Education for New Jersey Medical School, Madeleine Goldfarb.  Linda&apos;s parents also attended the gala.</description><pubDate>Sat, 24 Apr 2010 22:08:22 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Highlights n' Hair Designs Cut-A-Thon</title><link>;id=1378</link><guid>;id=1378</guid><description>The generous and talented Sandi Mishkin, owner of Highlights n&quot; Hair Designs and her team are ready to give you the hair cut you need for Spring with a $30 donation (normally haircuts start at $50) to The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation for Autism Awareness Month!!! Come in and get spruced up for the cause! No appointments necessary, first come, first served!</description><pubDate>Sat, 10 Apr 2010 20:17:24 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>"The Asperger's Difference" documentary film and discussion with the filmmaker</title><link>;id=1377</link><guid>;id=1377</guid><description>A free event where the public is invited to view the documentary film,  &quot; The Asperger&apos;s Difference&quot; and meet filmmaker Jamey Wolfe.  This film was funded in part by a grant from The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation.</description><pubDate>Sat, 10 Apr 2010 20:08:04 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Gardiner & Co. Autism Awareness Month Event 2010</title><link>;id=1376</link><guid>;id=1376</guid><description>Get-in-Step with Autism shoe and accessories shopping event to benefit The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation.  A great success with non-stop sales to benefit DJF adult programs!  Thank you to Jane O&apos;Grady, owner of Gardiner &amp; Co. for the tremendous effort and generosity.</description><pubDate>Sat, 10 Apr 2010 19:43:37 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>APRIL is NATIONAL AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH---DJF and SUPPORTERS WILL HOST EVENTS</title><link>;id=1371</link><guid>;id=1371</guid><description>April is National Autism Awareness Month and The Daniel Jordan Fiddle invites you to host your own event or fundraiser to support our efforts for young adults and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  If you would like to host a fundraiser in your community, please let us know about it so that we can acknowledge your support in our annual magazine.  Please send all the details to us at;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Already the momentum is building in our hometown where there will be shopping, food and art and dance performances to benefit our program and advocacy efforts!</description><pubDate>Mon, 22 Feb 2010 00:26:25 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>National Autism Awareness Month will be launched on April 1st in New Jersey by DJF</title><link>;id=1373</link><guid>;id=1373</guid><description>National Autism Awareness Month will be commemorated and launched  at ceremony on Thursday, April 1, 2010, 7pm, Ridgewood YMCA, 112 Oak Street, Ridgewood, NJ&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation, Ridgewood CAN and the Village of Ridgewood will commemorate and launch the start of National Autism Awareness Month on Thursday, April 1st at 7pm at the opening of an exhibition of art works by artists affected by ASD at the Ridgewood YMCA located at 112 Oak Street.  The artists featured are part of the The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Arts Unbound Program at the Ridgewood YMCA, a studio art program for adults with ASD.  Artworks will be on sale throughout the month of April and proceeds will go the artists.  Reception generously donated by Whole Foods Market of Ridgewood.  The public is invited to attend this opening event free of charge.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The diagnosis of Autism affects 1 in 94 people in New Jersey and it is the goal of Autism Awareness Month to educate the public about this lifelong challenge and to celebrate the achievements, strengths and talents of individuals affected by it.  Throughout the month of April The Daniel Jordan Fiddle will be sponsoring events throughout Bergen County including  April family shopping tours and nutritional guidance at Whole Foods Market, Ridgewood, a dance theater performance by Cresskill Performing Arts Company, a cut-a-thon at Highlights by Design in Glen Rock and a Get-in-Step with Autism Event at Gardiner&amp; Co Fashion Shoe Boutique in Ridgewood.  On Saturday, April 17th, Ridgewood CAN and The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation will sponsor a showing of a documentary film entitled,”The Asperger Difference” at the Ridgewood Community Center at 3:00pm.</description><pubDate>Mon, 22 Mar 2010 22:04:41 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>March is Lacrosse Month to Benefit DJF</title><link>;id=1331</link><guid>;id=1331</guid><description>Come watch 5th to 8th grade boys lacrosse at our 6th Annual Tournament generously hosted by Indoor Sports Pavilion in Randolph, New Jersey.  Enjoy teams from the tri-state area as they compete in pre-season action on Saturdays March 13th and 20th.  The event is free of charge to watch and all donations are greatly appreciated and can be made at the tournament or on-line from our homepage!  Please support DJF and all the great teams!  For more information on the tournament &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;click here.&lt;/a&gt;</description><pubDate>Mon, 08 Feb 2010 07:49:56 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Art/Vocational Program at Arts Unbound Exhibition</title><link>;id=1369</link><guid>;id=1369</guid><description>The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation and Arts Unbound will host an exhibition and sale of artworks and art/furniture by the 20 students who participated in a year-long art/vocational program the organizations developed collaboratively and was funded by The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation.  The exhibition will travel to the YMCA in Ridgewood, NJ in April as part of the foundation&apos;s autism awareness events.</description><pubDate>Sun, 14 Feb 2010 14:16:45 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>"A View From The Bridge" starring Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson--SOLD OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</title><link>;id=1321</link><guid>;id=1321</guid><description>Join DJF for a spectacular night on the GREAT WHITE WAY for the limited engagement performance of Arthur Miller&apos;s, &quot;A View From the Bridge,&quot; starring Tony award winning actor Liev Schreiber and superstar Scarlett Johansson.  DJF has a block of superb orchestra seats at the CORT THEATER located at 138 West 48th Street for Thursday, February 11. 2010.  Bring your Valentine and enjoy what promises to be an extraordinary evening of American theater.  Tickets are $175. each and $75 dollars per ticket is tax deductible as a donation to DJF. We only have a limited number of tickets so beginning Tuesday, December 15th, please order your tickets immediately to assure the best seating! What a great holiday gift too!&lt;br /&gt;Here is a brief synopsis of the play:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&quot;A View from the Bridge,&quot; is set in 1950s America, in an Italian American neighborhood under the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. The area Eddie Carbone and his family live in is called &quot;polis&quot;, a tightly knit community where neighbors are almost like family and everyone knows everything about each other. The &quot;polis&quot; is a poor area where all the families are in the same situation; men work at the dock and the women stay at home cooking, cleaning and caring for the children. Owing to the lack of money in the &quot;polis&quot;, nobody can afford to leave or travel so the &quot;polis&quot; is the people&apos;s life and over time family rules and morals have become law in the community. Immigration laws rendered approaches to the police futile since many of the inhabitants were illegal immigrants. This built up a distinct mistrust for the law with an underlying Sicilian feeling of justice being the guide to how people of the &quot;polis&quot; lived their lives. Miller&apos;s interest in writing about the world of the New York docks originated with an unproduced screenplay that he developed with Elia Kazan in the early 1950s, entitled, &quot;The Hook,&quot; dealing with corruption on the Brooklyn docks. Miller has been quoted as saying that he heard the basic account that developed into the plot of &quot; A View from the Bridge&quot; from a longshoreman, who related it to him as a true story. Although the 1955 one-act production was not successful, it was revised in 1956 to become a more traditional prose play in two acts, and it is through this version that audiences are most familiar with the work today.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;&quot;&gt;Order Tickets Online via PayPal:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;form method=&quot;post&quot; action=&quot;; name=&quot;_xclick&quot;&gt;&lt;table&gt;&lt;tr&gt;&lt;td&gt;&lt;input name=&quot;quantity&quot; type=&quot;text&quot; value=&quot;1&quot; size=&quot;2&quot;&gt;&lt;/td&gt;&lt;td&gt;tickets @ $175.00 each&lt;/td&gt;&lt;td&gt;&lt;input alt=&quot;Order Tickets with PayPal - it&apos;s fast, free and secure!&quot; name=&quot;submit&quot; src=&quot;images/goBtn.gif&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; type=&quot;image&quot;&gt;&lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;&lt;/table&gt;&lt;input value=&quot;_xclick&quot; name=&quot;cmd&quot; type=&quot;hidden&quot;&gt;&lt;input value=&quot;175.00&quot; name=&quot;amount&quot; type=&quot;hidden&quot;&gt;&lt;input value=&quot;L3MGTENEBRRMQ&quot; name=&quot;business&quot; type=&quot;hidden&quot;&gt;&lt;input value=&quot;US&quot; name=&quot;lc&quot; type=&quot;hidden&quot;&gt;&lt;input value=&quot;A View From The Bridge Tickets&quot; name=&quot;item_name&quot; type=&quot;hidden&quot;&gt;&lt;input value=&quot;USD&quot; name=&quot;currency_code&quot; type=&quot;hidden&quot;&gt;&lt;/form&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;&quot;&gt;Order Tickets by Mail: &lt;a href=&quot;/userdocs/DJF-AVFTB-Flyer2.pdf&quot;&gt;Click Here&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;</description><pubDate>Wed, 25 Nov 2009 08:22:07 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>A Weekend Event for a Beautiful YOU and a Beautiful HOME:Herald in the Holiday Season and Help DJF</title><link>;id=1280</link><guid>;id=1280</guid><description>Join DJF for a weekend event of beauty for you and your home as you herald in the holiday season.  All day Saturday, November 21 from 10 am to 6 pm at Town &amp; Country Apothecary in Ridgewood, NJ get a fabulous holiday makeover, spa treatments and more and a percentage of any cosmetics purchased will benefit the foundation. On Sunday, November 22, from noon until 6pm at Mango Jam for our 8th Annual signature event, discover the best of this year&apos;s holiday home collections and get an early start on your holiday gift giving list with the reasonably priced and whimsical collections handpicked by renowned table top and home fashion expert, Tony Damiano. Twenty percent of sales from the day will go the foundation.  At both events there will incredible raffle prizes too and proceeds will benefit DJF! For more information and phone orders contact Diana D. Ross at Town &amp; Country (201) 652-0013 and Tony Damiano at Mango Jam (201) 493-9911.  Town &amp; Country is located at 60 East Ridgewood Avenue and Mango Jam is located at 44 North Broad Street.  Both in Ridgewood, NJ.  No admission fee, all are welcome!</description><pubDate>Sun, 06 Sep 2009 14:21:06 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism-Town Hall Meeting</title><link>;id=1284</link><guid>;id=1284</guid><description>At these national town hall meetings,caregivers,advocates, elected officials, family members and adults with Autism will come together to raise awareness and build momentum with a unified voice to support a national policy agenda for addressing the needs of adults with Autism.&lt;br /&gt;In New Jersey, this important process is being&lt;br /&gt;hosted by:The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation, Alpine Learning Group, Global Communities of Support and the Autism Center of NJMS&lt;br /&gt;And will be held at:&lt;br /&gt;New Jersey Medical School&lt;br /&gt;Medical Sciences Building&lt;br /&gt;Rosemary Gellene Room&lt;br /&gt;185 South Orange Avenue&lt;br /&gt;Newark, NJ 07104&lt;br /&gt;Register and pay by credit card on-line at: &lt;br /&gt;Registration can also be submitted by&lt;br /&gt;sending a check made payable to AFAA with your&lt;br /&gt;registration form to:&lt;br /&gt;The Alpine Learning Group&lt;br /&gt;777 Paramus Road&lt;br /&gt;Paramus, NJ 07652.&lt;br /&gt;For more information call: (973) 972-9422&lt;br /&gt;Or email:</description><pubDate>Sat, 26 Sep 2009 02:16:29 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>ACCESS Ridgewood CAN Event</title><link>;id=1283</link><guid>;id=1283</guid><description>The Village of Ridgewood, New Jersey, the hometown of The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation, will be hosting a community-wide event that will create awareness about challenges including Autism and how we can all come together to support and value one another.  Linda Walder Fiddle is proud to be a part of the event and will introduce Autism: The Musical, the Emmy Award winning documentary film about our dear friend Elaine Hall and her Miracle Project, and DJF Grantee as well. These presentations will take place at the Ridgewood Middle Schools on October 2.  On October 3, DJF student volunteers will sell our Blessing Candles at a community information table and fair at the Ridgewood library.  On display at the library will be art work from the DJF program run by Arts Unbound in Ridgewood and Orange, New Jersey.  The Arts Unbound program is a master art and vocational training program for adults on the spectrum.</description><pubDate>Sat, 26 Sep 2009 02:01:57 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>BB Clover Mother's Day Fashion and Home Event</title><link>;id=1158</link><guid>;id=1158</guid><description>STYLE is the ticket for this first ever woman&apos;s fashion, accessories and home event,in the lovely hamlet of Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ, to benefit The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation. Join us at the exclusive BB Clover where top fashion, jewelry and woman&apos;s accessories designers are edited to perfection. Enjoy the exclusive trunk show with Emily and Ashley, featured in top fashion magazines and boutiques from New York to Los Angeles. Steps away is the newly opened BB Clover at Home where you will find the same impeccably edited collections to enhance the beauty of your home. Just in time for Mother&apos;s Day gift giving or treating yourself to something wonderful for you and your home this Spring. After or before shopping enjoy a special lunch at Kevin&apos;s Thyme, and a portion of your bill will be donated to the foundation. And if that was not enough, pamper yourself at Ho-Ho-Kus&apos; luxury day spa, Le Bijou Day Spa and a portion of the price of any service you indulge in will be donated to the foundation.. There is no admission charge.  The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation, a national autism organization with the mission to develop and award grants to programs that create opportunities for adolescents and adults with Autism to live, work and recreate throughout the United States is the only organization with this mission. Meet Linda Walder Fiddle, Founder and Executive Director of The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation on May 7 and May 8 at BB Clover located at 181 E. Franklin Tpke. in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ and BB Clover at Home located at 195 E. Franklin Tpke. just steps away.  For more information contact Emily at 201-251-9800.</description><pubDate>Fri, 02 Jan 2009 00:40:02 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Linda Walder Fiddle represents DJF at Q & A with NJ Governor</title><link>;id=1241</link><guid>;id=1241</guid><description>Linda Walder Fiddle, representing The Daniel Jordan Fiddle, the only national autism organization with the specific mission to advance opportunities for adolescents and adults, joined NJ&apos;s advocates and fellow NJ Adults with Autism Task Force members to discuss issues affecting the autism community with NJ Governor, Jon Corzine and Director of the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services, Heather Howard.  The Governor will receive the actionable plan for adults from the task force, where Ms. Walder Fiddle was appointed by Assembly Speaker, Joseph J. Roberts, on June 15, 2009</description><pubDate>Fri, 22 May 2009 07:54:39 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>WHOLE FOODS 5% DAY TO BENEFIT DJF in Ridgewood and Edgewater NJ Stores</title><link>;id=1217</link><guid>;id=1217</guid><description>BUY ALL OF YOUR FAVORITES at WHOLE FOODS MARKET in Ridgewood and Edgewater NJ on Thursday, April 2, 2009 and 5% of all sales will benefit The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation to support and develop farmstead communities for adults with Autism.  DO GOOD! EAT WELL! MAKE A DIFFERENCE!</description><pubDate>Thu, 19 Mar 2009 22:38:24 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>The Second Annual Stay-At-Home Red Ball</title><link>;id=1157</link><guid>;id=1157</guid><description>Attend the Second Annual Stay-At-Home Red Ball, a Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation signature event, where there is no need for fancy attire, or the sitter to hire. The exciting 2009 raffle prizes feature luxury gift packages including a family vacation week in Steamboat Springs, Colorado this summer,a lavish lady&apos;s gift package including spa, lunch and exquisite jewelry and a gentleman&apos;s gift package including custom-made shirts, cuff-links and attire from a designer menswear boutique. There are also opportunities for No-Show Sponsorships of this one-of-a-kind annual event in celebration of National Autism Awareness Month. For more information contact our office at and to purchase tickets and sponsorships beginning April 1-April 29. DRAWING WILL TAKE PLACE in Ridgewood, NJ on April 30th.  Winners need not be present. All prizes are as is---no exchanges, redeeming or returning.</description><pubDate>Fri, 02 Jan 2009 00:16:32 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Fifth Annual Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Youth Kickoff Lacrosse Tournament</title><link>;id=1156</link><guid>;id=1156</guid><description>Indoor Sports Pavilion in Randolph, New Jersey is hosting the FIFTH ANNUAL DANIEL JORDAN FIDDLE FOUNDATION YOUTH KICKOFF LACROSSE TOURNAMENT for boys grades 5-8 on  its spectacular indoor lacrosse fields.  This annual event includes four divisions of 6-8 teams per division from the tri-state area. The event features guest appearances by Lacrosse legends, exciting raffle prizes and a portion of all tournament proceeds benefits the foundation.  To register your team go to or call 1-973-895-4007 and speak with Charlie.</description><pubDate>Fri, 02 Jan 2009 00:04:33 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>7th Annual Mango Jam Holiday Gift Giving Event</title><link>;id=1085</link><guid>;id=1085</guid><description>Join hosts Gina and Tony Damiano for the 7th Annual Holiday Gift Giving Event to benefit The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation.  This annual tradition and signature DJF event is a wonderful time to purchase all of your holiday gifts while helping the foundation further its program development and grant giving to benefit adolescents and adults with Autism.  Admission is free of charge and part of the proceeds from every purchase will go directly to the all-volunteer run DJF programs. Phone orders will also be accepted and can be made by calling 201-493-9911.</description><pubDate>Mon, 22 Sep 2008 00:53:24 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Linda Walder Fiddle Receives 21st Annual Ann Klein Advocate Award</title><link>;id=1125</link><guid>;id=1125</guid><description>Linda Walder Fiddle, Founder and Executive Director of The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation was one of five recipients of the 21st Annual Ann Klein Advocate Award given by the Community Health Law Project on October 23, 2008.  Ms. Walder Fiddle&apos;s award reads: &quot; For her distinguished leadership in promoting and supporting innovative programs that improve the quality of life for adolescents and adults with autism.&quot;</description><pubDate>Thu, 06 Nov 2008 18:45:40 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Third Annual Back To School With Lilly Event</title><link>;id=1029</link><guid>;id=1029</guid><description>Now that the children are back to school and fall has officially started...spruce up your wardrobe and your cosmetics at our annual fashion and beauty event featuring the best of women&apos;s clothing and accessories (and items for children and men too) and the season&apos;s best make-up and cosmetic trends.  Join us for 2 full days of shopping at the Village of Ridgewood&apos;s best boutiques, on what is known as the &quot;Miracle Mile&quot;, and part of the proceeds of your purchases will benefit DJF&apos;s program development and grant giving endeavors.  If you live out of town, you can call in to each store to participate---just mention The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation benefit when you call.  To contact: Leapin&apos;Lizards call 201-444-1300; Gardiner &amp; Co. call 201-447-0910; Town &amp; Country Apothecary Cosmetics Dept. call 201-652-0013.</description><pubDate>Thu, 29 May 2008 19:49:15 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Cocktails and Conversations</title><link>;id=1028</link><guid>;id=1028</guid><description>Join us in the state-of-the-art luxury, 8,500 sq.ft. showroom of Sub-Zero/Wolf and meet DJF grantees and learn about the new initiatives of the foundation.  Chefs will prepare gourmet delicacies before your eyes as you explore the latest in kitchen and entertaining design.  Exciting raffle prizes to enhance your home entertaining will add to this special evening of cocktails and conversations.  To receive an invitation contact our office with your name and address at </description><pubDate>Thu, 29 May 2008 19:32:58 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>"Dancing Hands": Cresskill Performing Arts' Spring Recital DJF Benefit</title><link>;id=1027</link><guid>;id=1027</guid><description>&quot;Dancing Hands&quot;: Cresskill Performing Arts&apos; Spring Dance and Musical Theater Recital will be held on Sunday, June 8, 2008 at 5pm at Cresskill High School located at 1 Lincoln Drive in Cresskill, New Jersey.  This annual benefit run by Artistic Director, Betsy Daly features the performances of students ages 3 to 18 years old and is the culmination of a year of study and performance.  As part of the event, parents, friends and audience members can buy chocolate kisses and attach congratulatory notes to the performers.  All proceeds from these &quot;sweet&quot; notes will benefit The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation.  For more information or to make a donation contact Betsy at Cresskill Performing Arts, 201-390-7513.</description><pubDate>Thu, 29 May 2008 17:43:43 EST</pubDate></item><item><title> The "Pamper Mom Day"</title><link>;id=1019</link><guid>;id=1019</guid><description>Bring your Mom for an unforgettable day of pampering that she so very much deserves! Join us at Town &amp; Country Apothecary located at 60 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 on Saturday, May 10, 2008 in a day just for MOM to be pampered by the nation&apos;s top beauty experts.  The event will feature La Mer facials, makeovers by Paula Dorf&apos;s national artists, hair analysis and consultations with Phyto and luxury hand treatments by Crabtree and Evelyn.  Admissions is free but advance appointments are required and can be made by calling Diana or her staff at 201-652-0013 ext. 3.  A cosmetics purchase is requested for participation and part of the proceeds will be donated to The DJF foundation. There will be a sumptuous raffle prize for one especially lucky mom too!</description><pubDate>Sun, 17 Feb 2008 16:38:20 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Ridgewood High School, "Battle of the Bands" for Autism Awareness</title><link>;id=1024</link><guid>;id=1024</guid><description>Are you ready to rock? Ridgewood High School students have completely organized a day featuring the BEST BANDS and performers anywhere to battle it out to raise funds and awareness to benefit The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation.  Featured performers are: Andrew Nieporent, Blithe, Chase Fehrenbacher, The Jay Everett Band, The No-Shirts, Sexy Heroes in Transit and Steven Carter. Admissions is $5 (RHS students) and $7 (General Admission). Simon has nothing on YOU---come judge for yourself!</description><pubDate>Wed, 05 Mar 2008 22:32:56 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>4th Annual DJF Youth Kickoff Lacrosse Tournament</title><link>;id=1013</link><guid>;id=1013</guid><description>Join us for the 4th Annual Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Youth Kickoff Lacrosse Tournament for boys and girls grades 5-8.  Each division will compete throughout the weekend for the coveted title. This annual event that exemplifies the DJF core values of family, community and fun features exciting raffle prizes and admission is free of charge, although donations to the DJF mission are greatly appreciated.  For more information on team registration and fees contact Charlie Shoulberg at the Indoor Sports Pavilion at 973-895-4007 or visit For information about sponsoring the event contact DJF via e-mail at </description><pubDate>Wed, 12 Dec 2007 17:01:08 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>The Stay-At-Home Red Ball</title><link>;id=1017</link><guid>;id=1017</guid><description>The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation invites you to our first annual Stay-At-Home Red Ball.  No need for fancy attire, just a raffle ticket to acquire!  For all the details e-mail us at</description><pubDate>Thu, 24 Jan 2008 18:21:13 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Salon AKS, New York City's Premier Hair and Beauty Salon Benefit for DJF</title><link>;id=1014</link><guid>;id=1014</guid><description>Join us at New York&apos;s posh Salon AKS where the city&apos;s top stylists, colorists and nail specialists will update the look of both men and women for a fraction of the AKS&apos;s normal prices.  100% of all proceeds will benefit the foundation.  Service charges will be $50 for haircuts, $35 for blow-dries, $80 for highlights, $50 for single process and $10 for a manicure!!! There will be no appointments necessary and clients will be served on a first come, first serve basis.  If you would like a color service, please arrive no later than 5pm!! For more information on the HAIR EVENT OF 2008, contact Salon AKS at 212-888-0707.  Convenient parking is located on 54th Street between 5th and Madison Avenues.  Entrance to Salon AKS is on 54th Street and the Salon is located on the 10th Floor.  See you there, for gorgeous hair.</description><pubDate>Wed, 19 Dec 2007 17:17:54 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Mango Jam Holiday Shopping and Gift Giving Event</title><link>;id=1003</link><guid>;id=1003</guid><description>Mango Jam, an avant garde home fashions and gift store hosted the 6th Annual Holiday Gift Giving and Shopping Event to benefit DJF on Sunday, November 18, 2007.   This event has become a holiday tradition where shoppers preview and purchase the Best of the Season’s home fashions and gift collections and 20% of all sales benefit residential, recreational, vocational, educational and family programs for adolescents and adults with Autism.  &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Admission is free of charge. Adults only are requested and gift wrapping is provided.  For more information about next year&apos;s event contact Gina Damiano at Mango Jam at 201-493-9911.	&lt;br /&gt;</description><pubDate>Tue, 02 Oct 2007 13:00:06 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Global Communities of Support Event</title><link>;id=1011</link><guid>;id=1011</guid><description>Linda Walder Fiddle was honored by Global Communities of Support for making a difference in the lives of teens and adults with Autism at the Fall Fete 2007 Gala.</description><pubDate>Tue, 27 Nov 2007 13:46:02 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Fountain Gallery DJF Wildlife Habitat Trail Event</title><link>;id=1008</link><guid>;id=1008</guid><description>The Fountain House, Inc. of New York ( hosted a wonderful evening at The Fountain Gallery in New York City to raise funds and awareness about The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Wildlife Habitat Trail, a two mile trail located at High Point Farm in Sussex County, New Jersey that was built by boy scouts with Aspergers and members of  Fountain House in 2003.  Monies raised from the event, that included a High Point Farm gift shop, will go towards enhancing the trail and providing more opportunities for fitness and wellness.</description><pubDate>Mon, 26 Nov 2007 13:27:28 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Bloomingdale’s Shopping Benefit</title><link>;id=1002</link><guid>;id=1002</guid><description>DJF participated in a Bloomingdale&apos;s Shopping benefit at Roosevelt Field Shopping Center in Long Island.  Shoppers were able to purchase $10 tickets in support of DJF. Contact Jill Walder at 516-626-5212 to learn more about future Long Island, New York events.</description><pubDate>Tue, 02 Oct 2007 12:57:39 EST</pubDate><category>Shopping</category><category>Benefit</category></item><item><title>Cocktails and Conversations Event</title><link>;id=1005</link><guid>;id=1005</guid><description>A new DJF initiative was launched at the first &quot;Cocktails and Conversations&quot; held at the home of Pam and Steve Ball in Basking Ridge, New Jersey and allowed a new group of supporters to spend an intimate evening meeting one of our grantees and to hear more about the mission, projects and advocacy efforts of DJF. At the event, participants were able to learn from  Outreach Director, Madeleine Goldfarb, about the &quot;Bridging the Gap&quot; program DJF developed and supports at the Autism Center of NJMS.  This initiative will continue at various times and venues throughout the year and different grantees will be the featured guest speakers.</description><pubDate>Mon, 26 Nov 2007 13:25:16 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Back to School with Lilly Fall Shopping Event</title><link>;id=1004</link><guid>;id=1004</guid><description>The second annual &quot;Back to School with Lilly Event&quot; was a three day shopping extravaganza hosted by Ridgewood New Jersey&apos;s finest stores: Leapin&apos; Lizards, Gardiner and Co. and Town &amp; Country Apothecary.  Shoppers from the tri-state area purchased the latest fall fashions, accessories and makeup and a percentage of sales went to benefit the DJF mission.</description><pubDate>Mon, 26 Nov 2007 13:20:46 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>J-ADD Humanitarian Award Event</title><link>;id=1007</link><guid>;id=1007</guid><description>Linda Walder Fiddle received the Jewish Association for Developmental Disabilities (J-ADD) 2007 Humanitarian Award from Dr.Jon Winer, Executive Director of J-ADD.</description><pubDate>Mon, 26 Nov 2007 13:26:46 EST</pubDate></item><item><title>Autism Awareness Day at Shea Stadium</title><link>;id=1006</link><guid>;id=1006</guid><description>DJF joined an alliance of Autism organizations to raise awareness about Autism.  Funds raised from the day went to support a variety of educational programs.</description><pubDate>Mon, 26 Nov 2007 13:26:02 EST</pubDate></item>