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AUTISM ON THE SEAS® LAUNCHES NON-PROFIT FOUNDATION TO HELP FINANCIALLY STRAPPED SPECIAL NEEDS FAMILIES VACATION

Autism_on_the_Seas_Logo_JPEGAotS Kicks off Foundation Launch with Holiday “Fun”draiser in Partnership with Fat Brain Toys – Campaign Gives Back to Special Needs Organizations & ATOSFamilies

Autism Society of America is First Special Needs Organization to Participate in Fundraiser

SHELTON, CT (October 29, 2015)   ̶̶   Autism on the Seas (AotS), the leading travel organization catering to vacationers with autism and other developmental disabilities, announced today the launch of the company’s non-profit arm, Autism on the Seas Foundation. The foundation is designed to financially assist families wishing to vacation on an Autism on the Seas’ staff-supported cruise.

As part of the launch, AotS Foundation is partnering with Fat Brain Toys, to offer a special Holiday “Fun”draiser, which will give Special Needs organizations an opportunity to drive donations through the sale of Fat Brain Toys.  Participating organizations may be selected by anyone making a toy or game purchase, which will result in a 10% donation back to the organization and a 5% donation to AotSF on every toy sold between October 29 and December 19, 2015. Grand Prizes, including cruise vacation credits totaling $10,000 towards an Autism on the Seas cruise, will be awarded by AotSF to the top selling families by December 31, 2015.

“Since we launched our company in 2006, our mission has been to make vacation dreams come true for a large population of overlooked travelers – families with children or loved ones with special needs,” said Mike Sobbell, founder and president, of Autism on the Seas. “With the launch of our foundation and our kickoff fundraiser, we can help make dreams come true for families that want, need and deserve a vacation, but can’t manage it on their own financially.”

AotS Foundation & Fat Brain Toys Holiday “Fun”draiser
In addition to helping Special Needs organizations and advocacy groups raise money and the spirits of their members with a Holiday “Fun”draiser Contest, the AotS Foundation will earn a 5% donation on all toy sales from Fat Brain Toys that will further the Foundation’s ability to provide financial assistance to families wanting to take an Autism on the Seas staffed cruise.



“Partnering with organizations that are helping individuals and families with autism, such as Autism on the Seas, and funding the important programs that benefit our affiliates is always a priority for our organization,” said Scott Badesch, President/CEO, Autism Society of America. “The Autism Society is  delighted to be the first holiday “Fun”draiser participant and donation recipient.”

“It’s an honor to be part of such a fun and impactful program like this,” explained Matt Hansen, Director of Marketing for Fat Brain Toys. “We are excited that the Autism Society of America has already signed on to raise funds this holiday season and give their members a chance to win monies toward a cruise with Autism on the Seas through sales of Fat Brain toys.”

A total of $10,000, provided by AotSF, in cruise money will be awarded to families representing top sales for the special needs organization generating the greatest number of toy sales.

    Three (3) Families with the highest sales will each be awarded a $2000 Gift Certificate towards a Royal Caribbean or Celebrity Cruise Line “AotS Cruise with Staff” of their choice.
    Four (4) Families with the next highest sales of the winning organization will each be awarded a $1000 Gift Certificate towards a Royal Caribbean or Celebrity Cruise Line “AotS Cruise with Staff” of their choice.
    Fat Brain Toys will also award gift certificates valued up to $150* to the top selling family within each Organization

For a detailed description of the fundraising campaign, including registration, eligibility, restrictions and redemption information, please visit the Autism on the Seas Foundation site here: http://www.aotsf.org/fat-brain

To start purchasing toys and games now visit Fat Brain: www.FatBrainToys.com/AotS

*Sales must meet or exceed a minimum $500 in value to earn a Fat Brain gift certificate.

About the Autism on the Seas Foundation
The AotS Foundation provides a Vacation Financial Assistance Program that serves to financially assist families wishing to vacation with Autism on the Seas Cruises WITH Staff.  The financial assistance is awarded in varying amounts to immediate family members only: parents/guardians, qualifying children/adults and their siblings.

AotS Foundation evaluates each application individually to determine the amount to be awarded and based on funding available at the time of application. Families can register for financial assistance on the foundation website: HERE.


About Autism on the Seas
Founded in 2006, Autism on the Seas (AotS) is a niche travel company that organizes and staffs cruise and land resort vacations for families and adult guests with special needs, including autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other cognitive and intellectual developmental impairments.  The Autism on the Seas Staff is qualified, experienced and educated in caring for special needs individuals.  Visit AutismontheSeas.com for more info about our services and staff or watch our introductory video here.


About Fat Brain Toys
Fat Brain Toys is a Nebraska based retailer and developer of educational toys, games and gifts. Through its website, retail stores and catalog, Fat Brain Toys has become one of the nation’s fastest growing toy retailers. For more information on Fat Brain Toys, visit http://www.fatbraintoys.com/about_us/presskit.pdf

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