Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Warren Library will be among the local landmarks illuminated in blue lights on Wednesday evening for this year’s Light It Up Blue for Autism Speaks initiative.
That worldwide initiative kicked off locally last week when blue lights lit up the Royal Park Bridge — the middle bridge joining Palm Beach and West Palm Beach — during a special ceremony with Autism Speaks co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright.
Joining the Wrights for the lighting ceremony were local families, Congresswoman Lois Frankel, West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, TD Bank Senior Vice President Brandon Williams, Al Young of South Florida Ford, self-advocate Alonso Velazquez and firefighter Pete Villasuso.
In 2011, Palm Beach Atlantic honored Suzanne Wright during its annual Women of Distinction luncheon, which raises money for scholarships.
Along with Palm Beach Atlantic, additional Palm Beach-area buildings and landmarks Lighting It Up Blue include the new Palm Beach Outlets, Palm Beach City Hall, Palm Beach Convention Center, the Mar-a-Lago Club, Sabadell Bank & Trust and Breakers Resort, as well as West Palm Beach’s CityPlace, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Fountain and MorseLife Building.
The Palm Beaches Light It Up Blue participants join a list of nearly 8,400 iconic structures, buildings and landmarks in more than 1300 U.S. cities and 101 countries on seven continents around the world that will shine a bright light on autism as a growing public health crisis. The Empire State Building in New York City, the Aspen Ski Mountain in Colorado, Niagara Falls in Canada, Christ the Redeemer Statue in Brazil, the Sydney Opera House in Australia and even the International Space Station all will join Autism Speaks in support of the millions of families affected by autism.
Throughout the month of April family-friendly events and activities, including the Royal Park Bridge lighting, will be held in honor of the individuals, their family and their friends who are affected by autism. Underwriting the cost of lighting the bridge are sponsors TD Bank and South Florida Ford.
For ways in which members of the community can support Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue campaign, visit the Light It Up Blue website at http://liub.autismspeaks.org.