For the Kids We Love Valentine’s Day Autism Awareness Luncheon

Grant Maniér.

It’s a labor of love! Hope For Three Autism Advocates, a local nonprofit, is holding their annual luncheon slated for Valentine’s Day, February 14th at Safari Texas Ranch from 11 am to 1 pm. “For the Kids We Love” luncheon, presented by Mary and Tom Solcher with guest speaker Grant Maniér, encourages support in raising awareness, acceptance and inclusion for local families and children living with autism spectrum disorder.

“It’s not what I can’t do, but what I can do that makes a difference,” stated Maniér, author, public-speaker and Eco-Artist phenomenon. Maniér is changing perceptions of how to reduce, reuse and recycle. He uses thousands of pieces of recycled paper products and shredded puzzle pieces, and more, by creating extraordinary masterpieces of art. He is an award-winning artist and self-advocate, bringing his visual art exhibits and literacy program to schools and organizations and teaching the importance of environmental responsibility and inclusion through his art and new children’s book: Grant the Jigsaw Giraffe and Friends.

Today, the Center for Disease Control reports, “One in 59 children in the United States are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.” However, a recent study indicated the tally may now be as low as one in 40 children. Autism is more common than aids, cancer and diabetes, combined.  A child is diagnosed every 11 minutes. The annual cost of care for one child with autism is estimated to extend up to $60,000.

Luncheon sponsors and supporters THINK Neurology for Kids, H.E.B.,  TOC, Behavioral Innovations Sugar Land, OCuSOFT, Inc and Safari Texas believe when you give and live for something greater, the gratification becomes a labor of love. Funds raised will provide children on the spectrum access to much-needed therapies and treatments. Individual tickets are $50 and table sponsorships are available. To give a gift of hope or serve as a sponsor, visit or call 281-245-0640.