ANDERSON CENTER FOR AUTISM CELEBRATES RETIRING CEO NEIL J. POLLACK AT

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ANDERSON CENTER FOR AUTISM CELEBRATES RETIRING CEO NEIL J. POLLACK AT

November 7, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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ANDERSON CENTER FOR AUTISM CELEBRATES
RETIRING CEO NEIL J. POLLACK AT
15TH ANNUAL GALA

The Anderson Center for Autism Gala to be held at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie, NY
on December 3rd from 6pm to 10pm will to be a night not to be missed. As friends,
board members and staff of the 92-year-old organization gather together for cocktails,
auctions, dinner, and dancing, it will be a night to honor and share memories of the
unique leadership qualities of outgoing CEO, Neil Pollack.
“We encourage everyone who’s worked with Neil, families of the individuals we serve,
those who have served with him on committees, and his many friends in the non-profit
and wider community to join us in giving him a rousing send off, “ said Eliza Bozenski,
Director of Anderson Foundation for Autism.
Widely considered a pioneer and thought leader, Neil Pollack joined Anderson Center
for Autism as CEO/Executive Director in January 2001 at a critical period, laying the
groundwork for total revitalization and leading to a focus of serving individuals with
autism spectrum disorder. While at Anderson he has led a remarkable expansion in
capacity, a significant increase in staff, and numerous innovations in management,
treatment and ways of optimizing the quality of life of people with ASD.

Neil Pollack is a founding member and third president of the New York State Association
of Community and Residential Agencies [NYSACRA]. He has been involved in many other
community organizations committees and trusteeships, and has lectured on a variety of
managerial and human service topics to legislators, college students, and human service
professionals.

Frank Synan, Chair of Anderson Center for Autism’s Board of Trustees says of Pollack,
“Neil has been an exceptional leader, he has fulfilled his vision for Anderson and we are
the fortunate beneficiaries, as are the individuals that we serve and their families. Neil
has built a firm foundation for his successor, Patrick Paul, to build upon.”
David Melby, also a past Chair of Anderson’s Board, comments, “There could not be a
more appropriate legacy of Neil’s service than the Neil J. Pollack Scholarship Fund,
offered to aid Anderson staff members in furthering their education. Neil has been a
staunch advocate for staff advancement and opportunities, which is why it is the perfect
way to commemorate his service to our great organization.”

Donations to the Neil J. Pollack Scholarship can be made online at:
www.AndersonCenterforAutism.org/Gala

Sponsorships are available for this event including
Blue Sky – $30, 000
20 tickets; Radio spot announcing lead sponsorship; Business logo or name
displayed on website; Business logo or name on all Gala marketing material and
social media; Full 1 in 68 Radio Program devoted to sponsor; Full page journal ad in
digital program

The Tornado – $20,000
10 tickets; Business logo or name displayed on website; Business logo or name
mentioned on social media; Half 1 in 68 radio program devoted to you or your
business; Full page journal ad in digital program

Walking Shoes – $10,000
10 tickets; Business logo or name mentioned on social media; Acknowledgment on
1 in 68 radio program; Full page journal ad in digital program

Thinking Out of the Box – $5,000
10 tickets; Acknowledgment on 1 in 68 radio program; Half page journal ad in
digital program

501-(c)(3) – $2,500
10 tickets; 1/4 page in digital program; Acknowledgment on 1 in 68 radio program

For information about sponsorships or Gala Journal ads, please contact
KellyDooley@ACenterforAutism.org