Join St. Gerard House for our 10th Annual First Words of Hope Luncheon on August 26, 2020.

First Words of Hope is our annual fundraising luncheon that serves as the largest source of financial assistance for the many families in need of financial aid. Its title, First Words of Hope, represents many things. It refers to our firm commitment to lift each individual we serve to his or her highest potential, and in doing so, to offer parents and loved ones a renewed perspective on life with autism. It also pays homage to one of the greatest blessings we receive through our work: the opportunity to witness a child communicate successfully for the first time.


Did you know that the prevalence of Autism in North Carolina is above the national average?

CDC estimate for 2020 on autism prevalence increases by nearly 10 percent, to 1 in 54 children in the U.S. In North Carolina, 1 in 40 children are affected. St. Gerard House is one of only three centers in our state that provides comprehensive support to these families. Since 2010, we have sought to be a place of community and innovative programming that helps those facing autism to experience more joy and achieve meaningful life outcomes. Autism rates rise 10-18% annually, and as the need grows, so does the call for our service.


Consider becoming a sponsor of this event.

In 2019, the event attracted more than 400 attendees and with a 2020 virtual platform - we expect many more this year. For more information about the event or to sponsor contact Julia Buchanan, Development Coordinator at 828-693-4223 ext.1013 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

View the 2020 Luncheon Sponsorship Packet


Read the 2019 Blue Ridge Now news article about the Luncheon here!


Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors 













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