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$563,644 Amount raised
3,313 Gifts received

Seats 4 Kids for Sensory-Friendly Performances

Do you remember your first time at a theatre? There is an energy in the crowd as you anticipate the curtain rising! It is a magical moment.

Moments like this feel very different for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other sensory sensitivities. They struggle in their response to lights, sound, and action. Individuals on the spectrum and their families often avoid theatre experiences for fear of judgment and disturbance.

In response, Wharton Center is proud to begin offering Sensory-Friendly Performances this season. These shows provide a welcoming environment for people with ASD and their families, including features such as lower sound levels, the elimination of startling special effects and lighting, trained volunteers and professionals on hand, and more accommodations.

Today, you can give the magic of theatre to children with ASD and their families. Your gift will provide scholarship tickets to children and families to be able to attend Sensory-Friendly Performances free of cost. Give a gift that can change a life, a family, and a community!

Give to Wharton Center’s Seats 4 Kids Fund and Help bring children and their families to Sensory-Friendly Performances!

Many families face significant financial challenges when they have a child with ASD due to the cost of care. Your gift to the Seats 4 Kids Scholarship Fund for Sensory-Friendly Performances will give families the chance to attend these performances free of cost! A gift of $300-$400 can bring a family of four to the Sensory-Friendly Performance of the Disney’s The Lion King at Wharton Center on Saturday, July 21, 2018. In recognition, every gift of $100 or more is recognized in Wharton Center’s program book throughout the season.

122% Funded

$3,050 Raised

$2,500 Goal

Challenge Money Awarded

  • Goal Reached
    $1,000

Donor Honor Roll

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    $100.00
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    $40.00
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    $50.00
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    $125.00
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    $25.00
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    $200.00
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    $25.00
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