Opinion
The Stanton Anderson Band rocked the house at the second annual Rockin' for Autism.

The Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI), a leading service provider for children and adults with autism on Long Island, partnered with the DDI Parent's Association for the second annual Rockin' for Autism concert. Over 500 Long Islanders packed Mulcahy's Pub and Music Hall in Wantagh to benefit children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities with nearly $20,000 raised.

"Despite the tough economic times we all face today, it is heartwarming to witness the generosity of the numerous volunteers and the nearly 600 attendees who have lent themselves to help benefit the more than 1,500 adults and children who receive services daily through DDI's many programs," said Jim Cronin, co-chair of the event and a member of the DDI Foundation Board. Annette Padich, co-chair of the event and a member of the DDI Parent's Association, added, "Special thanks to the talented musicians of The Stanton Anderson Band, Nacho Mama's Band, Seven Turns, Barnaby Bye and Dusty Rose who helped 'rock the house' and made this a genuinely fun, successful event."

Guests enjoyed the sounds of live music, tasty food and the company of hundreds of fellow Long Islanders. An all star lineup of legendary Long Island bands hit the stage, including The Stanton Anderson Band, Barnaby Bye, Seven Turns, Nacho Mama's Band and Dusty Rose.

DDI is a not-for-profit agency headquartered in Smithtown, with more than 30 locations throughout Suffolk and Nassau counties.


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