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A Heroic Success

The Thompson Foundation for Autism held their 12th annual fundraising gala in St. Louis on Sept. 28. The purpose of the annual gala is to raise money to benefit the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. This year’s event was once again an amazing success, raising $381,000 to support Thompson Center programs, patients and families. The Thompson Foundation and the Thompson Center are grateful for everyone who gave so generously to this amazing cause.

A picture of Bill and Nancy Thompson speaking at a lectern.

Bill and Nancy Thompson welcome the crowd to the 12th annual gala. Joel Marion Photography


A picture of Carrie Kremer speaking at a lectern.

Carrie Kremer, the mother of a Thompson Center patient, shares her family’s story with autism. Photo Credit: Joel Marion Photography


A picture of Stephen Kanne speaking at a lectern.

Dr. Stephen Kanne, executive director of the Thompson Center, shares what the center has accomplished in the past year. Joel Marion Photography


A picture of a mother hugging her son with the father in the background.

Sue Mellanby hugs her son Nick after he shared his thoughts about his brother, who has autism. Joel Marion Photography


Sue Mellanby speaking at a lectern with her husband standing behind her.

Sue Mellanby and her husband Scott, honorary co-chairs of the gala, share their story about raising a child with autism. Joel Marion Photography