How Toxic is Our World and How Does It Impact Our Children?

Friends of Autistic People (FAP) and the Audubon Greenwich are co-hosting author, philanthropist and children’s health advocate Deirdre Imus at 7 p.m. on May 3, 2010 at the Audubon Greenwich Center at 613 Riversville Road , Greenwich, CT 06831. This special event will be in support of the Friends of Autistic People (FAP). FAP is a parents support group dedicated to raising awareness of services and supported living arrangements needed for the entire spectrum of adults with autism through developing and implementing educational programs.

Deirdre will share her experiences about the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer. She will explain the importance of building this ranch and her core philosophy of how we should be taking care of our children. She will also discuss the importance of a green lifestyle, trends in childhood autism, obesity, and asthma, and how the lives of those with chronic illnesses can be improved by avoiding toxins in our environment and making healthier, greener everyday choices. We owe it to ourselves – and our children – to start setting the example.

The event will be preceded by a with a wine and hors d’oeuvres party accompanied by guitar/voice by Greenwich High Students Dylan Armstrong and Kyle McCaulley. It will be followed by the showing of a DVD of FAP’s ORGANIC Farm project for adult children with autism. The event is co-sponsored by People’s Bank, Plum Pure Food, WGCH and the Little Pie Company.

Ms. Imus supports FAP’s plans to establish a residential farm in Southwestern Connecticut where adult children with autism will live lives of purpose and dignity after many state services end for them when they reach 21. A green environment will be a basic philosophy at the FAP Farm Village Academy. Deirdre Imus is the founder and President of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology(r) (www.dienviro.com<http://www.dienviro.com/>), part of Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) in New Jersey, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation, and co-founder and co-director of The Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer, also a 501 (c) (3) not for profit.

Reception: 7:00 pm & Program: 8:00 pm. General admission tickets are available for $35; Donors of $100 minimum per person will have the opportunity to meet Deirdre at a private meet. They are encouraged to bring their books for signing prior to the talk.

Limited Seating. RSVP required to Brita Darany (203)661-8510 or fap.autismct@gmail.com.

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Deirdre Imus Bio

Deirdre Imus is the Founder and President of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology(r) at Hackensack University Medical Center and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer. Deirdre is the author of the newest book in the best-selling Green This! series, The Essential Green You! Easy Ways to Detox Your Diet, Your Body, and Your Life<http://www.dienviro.com/index1.aspx?BD=19066>, and the second book, Growing Up Green, Baby and Child Care<http://www.dienviro.com/index1.aspx?BD=18809>. This New York Times bestseller is a practical family guide to raising children in an ever increasing toxic world. Her 2007 New York Times bestseller, Green This! Volume 1: Greening Your Cleaning<http://www.dienviro.com/index1.aspx?BD=18415>, offers a wealth of insights and expertise for protecting families from harmful chemicals. She is also author of The Imus Ranch: Cooking for Kids and Cowboys<http://www.dienviro.com/index1.aspx?BD=17870>, a national bestseller, and a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post<http://www.dienviro.com/index1.aspx?BD=18722>.

Numerous organizations have recognized Ms. Imus’ impact. She recently was honored with the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northeast Organic Farming Association and named as one of Glamour Magazine’s Eco Heroes for 2009. In May 2008, the USO of Metropolitan New York honored her as “Woman of the Year.” In 2007, she was named “Person of the Year” by Spectrum, a magazine for the families of children with autism. In May 2007, Deirdre Imus was named a “Champion for Autism” by The Autism Education Foundation of the Morris-Union Jointure Commission in New Jersey and was awarded the Rachel Carson Award from the National Audubon Society for her contributions to conservation. Ms. Imus also played a leadership role in the passage of the historic $945 million Combating Autism Act of 2006. In addition, Ms. Imus received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Pace University.

In 2006, she was honored with the prestigious Lizette H. Sarnoff Award for Volunteer Service<http://www.dienviro.com/index1.aspx?BD=18131> by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. In 2005, she was honored with the Excellence in Cancer Awareness Award<http://www.dienviro.com/index1.aspx?BD=18026> by the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation.

Deirdre serves on the boards of several children’s health organizations, including the National Autism Association<http://www.nationalautismassociation.org/>, Safe Minds<http://www.safeminds.org/>, Generation Rescue<http://www.genrationrescue.org/>, SKIP of New York<http://www.skipofny.org/>, and East Harlem Council for Human Services, Inc., Boriken Neighborhood Health Center<http://www.boriken.org/>.

For more information, visit www.dienviro.com<http://www.dienviro.com/> and www.imusranchfoods.com<http://www.imusranchfoods.com/>.

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Jeff Cordulack

Events and Communications Manager

Audubon Connecticut/Audubon Greenwich

613 Riversville Road

Greenwich, CT 06831

203-869-5272 x239

203-613-8813 (cell)

jcordulack@audubon.org<mailto:jcordulack@audubon.org>

http://greenwich.audubon.org

http://audubonct.org

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Audubon Connecticut, the state organization of the National Audubon Society with more than 9,000 members statewide, works to protect birds, other wildlife and their habitats using education, science and conservation, and legislative advocacy for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. Through our network of nature centers, wildlife sanctuaries, and local, volunteer Chapters, we seek to connect people with nature and inspire the next generation of conservationists.

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