Night in White – Celebrating another year of autism employment and support

Town and county officials attended Spectrum Designs Foundation and the Nicholas Center's ninth annual "Night in White Gala." (Photo courtesy of Barbara Brady Photography)

Port Washington-based, Spectrum Designs Foundation and the Nicholas Center, local non-profits supporting autism employment and support, hosted the ninth “Night in White Gala” on Thursday, July 25.

Some 400 guests filled North Hempstead Country Club, raising over $225,000 to advance their missions to help individuals with autism lead productive lives through the world of work and in the community. Guests included Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, Nassau County Assistant District Attorney Rene Feichter, North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio, and Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton

Loren and Wayne King and family were honored for their dedication and commitment to the two organizations. Their son, Andrew King, is employed at Spectrum Designs. A talented painter, Andrew’s artwork was included in all event materials.

Empire Metal Trading sponsored the event and Deborah and John Bowman sponsored dinner. Local individuals and businesses donated goods and services for the silent auction.

“We are very blessed for Andrew to be able to attend Nicholas Center, and hold a job at Spectrum Designs. He is so happy to go there every single day,” said Wayne King of his son.

Spectrum Designs and Nicholas Center offer meaningful employment and vocational training opportunities for individuals with autism. The Nicholas Center offers programs and experiences in Port Washington and supports employees at Spectrum Designs’ three enterprises – custom apparel, gourmet granola and a laundry service.

Co-Founder, Stella Spanakos said: “We are very grateful to everyone who supported our largest fundraising event of the year. These funds enable us to grow our mission and support a capable and deserving population right here in their community. Thank you to the King family for their generous support. They are part of the very fabric of our two organizations.”  

Save the date for the Annual Golf Classic, supporting Spectrum Designs and Nicholas Center. Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Meadow Brook Club in Jericho.

For more information about life-changing Autism initiatives at Spectrum Designs and Nicholas Center, please visit, and,

Submitted by the Spectrum Designs Foundation.


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