Broadway Stars for Autism New Jersey raises $7,100

June 03, 2019

Montclair State University’s Public Relations Students Society of America benefit for Autism New Jersey was once again a smash hit, raising $7,100, the highest total raised since the annual event began eight years ago. Nearly 300 people attended the April 22, 2019, performance at Memorial Auditorium, which featured Broadway legends Rebecca Luker (“The Sound of Music,” “Phanton of the Opera”) and Sierra Boggess (“School of Rock”) as well as newcomer Heather Botts (“My Fair Lady”).

The event is organized by the MSU Public Relations Students Society of America.

“I started the benefit eight years ago for a number of reasons – first, obviously, to raise money for the organization, but also to teach students how to become better citizens by helping those with special needs,” said Larry Weiner, a professor in the School of Communication and Media Public Relations and faculty adviser for the PRSSA.

Weiner also is a parent of an adult son, Jonathan, who was diagnosed with autism at age 3.

“The autism awareness event at Montclair State University is a must attend for those who support Autism Awareness Month and who enjoy first-rate Broadway musical performances by professional and student talent and the demonstration of the artistic talent of autism success stories. Don’t miss Larry Weiner’s 2020 show!” said Tom Curtin, an Autism New Jersey board member who was in attendance.

Since 2012, the event has raised nearly $40,000 for Autism New Jersey.