Over the weekend I hosted the 3rd Annual Bowling for Autism and all I can really say is wow!

Over the weekend I hosted the 3rd Annual Bowling for Autism and all I can really say is wow!

When I first started the event in 2012 I always hoped it would continue to get bigger and better each year. As the 3rd Annual event has shown, it definitely is heading in that direction.

I am proud to announce that over $3,000 was raised for Dyberry Day Camp. I am ecstatic.

The turnout was bigger than the past two years and it was just incredible.

Words cannot describe how appreciative I am for the support. I know that everything raised is going to have a great impact on Dyberry Day Camp and the individuals they help.

Countless times people were coming up to me saying how much fun they were having and how great it is that I do this kind of event.

Several were anxious to know when the next Bowling for Autism will be taking place. While the date for the 4th Annual Bowling for Autism isn't set just yet, it was great to hear people are interested in coming again.

DJ Dennis did an excellent job entertaining the crowd and I thank him for his participation at the event.

I was even able to take a little time to dance with some of the crowd. Everyone was just having a blast.

Once again I want to thank everyone who came out to the event and helped make it a success. I also want to thank Jenny and Martin from Gravity Alley for continuing to let me have the event at their location.

I want to thank every business and individual who donated to the raffle as well. There were over 40 different prizes.

A huge shout out goes to the sponsors of the event: Michele Stahl, Re/Max Wayne, the Honesdale Lions Club, Senator Lisa Baker, Grimm Construction, Pioneer Construction, BGM Fastener, Wayne County Ford, Brundage’s Waymart Pharmacy, B&B Dodge, Wayne County Ready Mix, the Waymart Building Center, Figliomeni Drug Store and Waste Management.

Another big shout out goes to Mark Graziadio and the Honesdale National Bank, who graciously did a radio ad for Bowling for Autism.

Many thanks goes out to my friends and co-workers at the newspapers for helping spread the word and especially to Guy Mathews, who helped me put the event together.

A big thank you goes out to Chris Murray and Platform Industries for doing the Bowling for Autism shirts, which were awesome!

I really hope I'm not forgetting anyone and I apologize if I do. Just know I am so appreciative of everyone who was involved in making the 3rd Annual Bowling for Autism a huge success. I can't thank you all enough.

With the prevalence of autism increasing, it is even more important that awareness, acceptance and understanding occur.

Autism isn’t a disease and these individuals don’t need to be cured. They just want the same thing that all of us want: to be accepted and loved for who they are.

Autism isn’t the tragedy, ignorance is.

Stay up to date on what's happening with Bowling for Autism and check out photos from the event by “liking” the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/bowlingforautism.

I am looking forward to the planning stages and continuing to run this event. Thank you all again!

Here's to the 4th Annual Bowling for Autism!

Waters is a staff writer for The Wayne Independent and can be reached at kwaters@wayneindependent.com.