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Union Catholic's C.R.A.Y.O.N Club is hosting two big events over the next week

By Jim Lambert
Union Catholic’s C.R.A.Y.O.N. Club (Community Raising Autism Yielding Opportunity Now) is proud to announce two big events coming up.
The first event is Movie Night this Friday from 7-9 p.m. in the cafeteria at Union Catholic. There will also be a special needs accessible performance by UC’s Performing Arts Company of Peter And The Starcatcher on
Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. in UC’s auditorium.
Both events are free for anyone aged 10-21 with special needs.
Movie Night, under the direction of C.R.A.Y.O.N Club co-moderators and UC faculty members Mrs. Nancy Saggio and Mrs. Cheryl Rossi, includes a movie, games and snacks.
The performance by UC’s Performing Arts Company (PAC) will mark the first time it will present a show just for special needs students.
For UC junior Audrey Davis, who is in her second year as Vice President of the C.R.A.Y.O.N. Club and plays a leading role as Molly Aster in Peter And The Starcatcher, this PAC performance has special meaning to her.
“It’s definitely something that is very meaningful to me because my brother has special needs,’’ said Davis.
“Being presented with the opportunity of doing this and having the C.R.A.Y.O.N. Club work this event is a dream come true. I’ve never heard of another high school theatre company doing something like this. So to be part of this is really great. The fact that we have this opportunity to present this show is remarkable.’’
Davis said there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing happiness on the faces of the kids at the C.R.A.Y.O.N Club events.

“It’s definitely one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had in my life,’’ said Davis. “When you see the joy that is brought to these kids by going to a movie or to a performance it’s truly remarkable. We put in a lot of work for our events, and the joy on their faces is definitely worth it all. The C.R.A.Y.O.N Club is one of the best clubs at UC because we can connect with all these kids with special needs and get to see how much joy they get from these events. It’s such a rewarding club to be a part of.’’

For information on the upcoming Movie Night and the Oct. 17 PAC performance, see the flyers that are attached below.
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