A notable night: Acappella for Autism raises $5,100

July 12, 2019

The Madrigals from Moorestown High performing

The 7th annual Acappella for Autism once again hit all the right notes on April 13, this time to the tune of $5,150 raised for Autism New Jersey. The event at Moorestown High School has become one of the highlights of Autism Awareness Month in South Jersey, with more than $25,000 being raised since the inaugural performance in 2013.

The event began as a school talent show, but over the years has blossomed into a full-fledged competition that attracts talent from various New Jersey and Pennsylvania high schools. The teams are judged on the quality of their vocals, presentation, and music arrangement.

“Acappella for Autism is my favorite day of the year because of the community it creates and the difference we make. Our event brings together so many people whose passion for music and performance allows them to effect a great change. It’s truly gratifying to realize the impact we make on the lives of individuals and their families, which makes the time and work we do year-round well worth it,” said Emily Tsai, a senior chair on the Acappella for Autism committee.

Interact Club members Anjali Akula, Demi Poulathas, Tsai, Yulan Gao, Olivia Dunne, Michael Hu, Emily Blaskovich, and Grace Lawson invested many hours of their time to ensure another successful, sold-out event.

“Moorestown High School’s Acapella for Autism event has had a significant impact on increasing the understanding and acceptance of autism in New Jersey. Autism New Jersey appreciates this support throughout April and all year.” said Stephanie Flamini, Clinical Coordinator for Autism New Jersey, who attended the show.

Autism New Jersey thanks all the groups who competed: the Madrigals of Moorestown High School, GFS A Cappella of Germantown Friends School, the Edgertones of Hun School of Princeton, The Cat’s Meow of Princeton High School, and Rebel Yell and Rebellation, both of Howell High School, as well as The Cleftomaniacs from Drexel University.

It’s not too early to save the date for next year’s event. The 8th Annual Acappella for Autism is scheduled for April 4, 2020.