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Autism awareness benefit at the Lani Kai Sunday

By Staff | Sep 11, 2015

Blue Crayonz, Inc., a local charity program dedicated to helping children and adults on the autism spectrum, will be hosting a family friendly Funday Beach Bash Sunday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Lani Kai Island Resort, 1400 Estero Blvd., raising funds, support and autism awareness, featuring painting on the beach, contests, prizes and more.

Attendees are encouraged to wear blue – and anyone wearing a blue swimsuit is encouraged to partake in the contest that day. “This contest is being held to promote and inspire a positive body image for all women and men – no matter your size, height or ethnicity. Be comfortable in your skin and have fun while wearing blue this Sunday,” said Veronica Banchs, founder of Blue Crayonz and coordinator of the benefit.

For those looking to explore your creative side, enjoy painting on the beach during the Sunday beachside benefit. “Painting with a Twist will be hosting two classes open to anyone interested during the benefit, and you can register online at PaintingWithATwist.com. There is no charge to attend the benefit at all Sunday, except for those participating in the Painting with a Twist program – and a portion of the proceeds from that will be donated to Blue Crayonz, Inc.

Along with plenty of raffles, prizes, contests and crafts, this family friendly event will also host an array of drink specials, live music and more.

The Lani Kai will provide a one-trip buffet for $10 per person that day (when purchasing tickets to Painting with a Twist for $15, a trip to the buffet and one domestic beer will be offered). The menu will feature tossed salad, Italian beef sandwiches, pasta salad, hot dogs, taco salad, chicken wings, penne marinara and assorted cookies for dessert.