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Every life changed by the Beignet Fest Foundation begins with YOU.


When autism needs a BFF, Benny is there!

Benny’s the super sweet Beignet Fest mascot created to help the Beignet Fest Foundation raise money benefitting local autism programs. While Benny is a great way to tell the story of kids across our community with autism and related special needs, he also does a lot to help connect donors to causes near and dear to the mission of the Beignet Fest Foundation.

Come be one of Benny’s Buddies!

Benny’s Buddies is about creating a community of parents, caregivers, loved ones and all those who work so hard to support kids and families thriving on the spectrum. The Benny’s Buddies monthly giving program makes it easy and affordable for you to support our mission. You choose the amount you wish to give each month and adjust your support at any time – a monthly gift that remains secure and flexible. It’s your gift that helps ensure the Beignet Fest Foundation will continue to provide grants to the children who need us most.

Become a monthly donor today and receive regular updates on mission-driven efforts, special gifts, exclusive gatherings, and frequent communications to help you build meaningful connections with those whose lives you touch.

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“Through our journey with our son, we found a gap in programs for children on the autism spectrum, and we wanted to change that.”

- Sherwood Collins, Beignet Fest Founder

The main diagnosis for children with a development delay is autism. Today, it is estimated that 1 in 54 children is diagnosed with autism, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. (Centers for Disease Control) Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges.

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