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School craft fair to benefit Autism Speaks

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by APRIL PETERSON apeterson@tnonline.com in School

The spring event is the major fundraiser of the year for Wescosville Wishes

The national advocacy organization Autism Speaks will soon benefit from purchases by local shoppers at a craft and vendor fair set for April 5 at Wescosville Elementary School, 1064 Liberty Lane, Wescosville.

The craft fair will take place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is open to all East Penn residents and the general public.

"The craft vendor sale is one of the many fundraising events we do throughout the year to raise money for our team "Wescosville Wishes" which then goes toward Autism Speaks," Jennifer Cudzil, one of the event organizers and a member of the student services team at Wescosville, said by email.

The fair will feature a breakfast with the Easter Bunny and visits with Flip Flop the Clown.

"The vendor fair/breakfast with the Easter Bunny is our biggest event," Cudzil wrote.

Crafters and local businesses will be featured along with a raffle.

In 2013 the event featured three tables filled with raffle prizes, said Dana Davies, who is an instructional assistant at Wescosville Elementary School and is helping with the fair. All of the raffle prizes are donated which means more of the money raised goes to charity, Davies said. Crafters also are asked to donate an item to the raffle.

This is the second year for the event. In its initial outing "Wescosville Wishes" raised $3,500, according to Cudzil.

"Wescosville Wishes" is a group of teachers and staff members at Wescosville Elementary who work directly with students with autism.

"Autism Speaks" is a national group with the mission of "changing the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders," according to its website. Autism Speaks funds autism research.

As of March 18, 40 crafters and vendors had registered for this year's fair, Cudzil said.

Other "Wescosville Wishes" fundraisers during the school year include pretzel and T-shirt sales.