Autism Speaks gets a boost from two local high school freshman.
Everybody's favorite food is at the center of an event this weekend. Lucy and Samantha Krasker are identical twins, in 9th grade at Suncoast High School.
They founded the Culinary Club at their school and created "Pizza for a Purpose" to get over the stigma about Autistic teens. They've invited these special needs kids to help them make pizzas at Vic & Angelo's on PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens.
You're invited to show up to watch and hang around after for lunch, with some of the proceeds from your check going to Autism Speaks.
The Krasker girls tell us no reservations are needed for lunch on Saturday.
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Suncoast High School Culinary Club, Vic & Angelo’s PGA
Members of the Suncoast Culinarty Club and Vic & Angelo's PGA have partnered to create "Pizza for a Purpose."
Club members will work with Autistic teenagers to make pizza from scratch, learning how to make the dough, toppings, and ultimately creating a delicious pizza -- together.
Steve Lieber of Vic & Angelo’s, the 2009 American Pizza Champion Winner and graduate of the Tony Gemignani’s International School of Pizza, will lead the instruction in pizza making.
Vito Volpe "Florida’s King of Mozzarella" and owner of the Pompano Beach-based Mozzarita, will provide a mozzarella making demonstration.
"We wanted to create an experience that breaks the stigma that autistic kids are somehow less than others. In addition, it allows us to better understand the challenges of living with autism," said Suncoast Culinary Club Co-founder Samantha Krasker.
"Ironically, as identical twins we know a lot about being different. This event is a way to reach out in friendship to other kids who are just simply different -- and enjoy doing something all teenagers can relate to: eating pizza!" added Lucy Krasker, twin sister of Samantha and Suncoast Culinary Club Co-founder.
Members of the public are also invited to Vic & Angelo’s to enjoy a pizza lunch, with proceeds benefiting Autism Speaks. The event also raises awareness for the upcoming 2013 Palm Beach Walk Now for Autism scheduled for March 3 along Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach.
The Suncoast Culinary Club was created to promote a deeper understanding, appreciation for, and service to others by using culinary experiences to express our unique differences and universal similarities.
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders characterized in varying degrees by communication difficulties, social/behavioral challenges, and repetitive behaviors. Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure; increasing awareness of spectrum disorders; and advocating for individuals. Autism Speaks has committed more than $195 million to research and development innovative resources for families.
Saturday, February 23, 2013, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Vic & Angelo’s/ 4520 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens