The fifth annual Ag for Autism Bracket Bonanza was held Tuesday, March 15 at Arkansas State University’s Centennial Hall in Jonesboro. The event once again broke Bracket Bonanza records for attendance and fundraising with a sold-out event that raised nearly $82,000 for local autism therapies.

A packed house enjoyed an exciting evening which featured a silent auction, a delicious dinner and a number of fun-filled activities. Highlights included:

  • $3000 Drawing Every ticket purchased served as an entry for the drawing, which culminated in the selection of the "Sweet Sixteen." The winner, Jennifer Misner, scored the ‘Bracket Bonanza’ then promptly turned around and donated her winnings—in their entirety—right back to Ag for Autism!
  • Lucky Key Sale Buyers purchased one of 30 keys to a gun case--inside which was a Benelli Super Black Eagle II 12-Gauge Shotgun. Terry Gray of Jonesboro was the lucky key holder
  • Silent Auction New this year! Buyers were able to shop and bid on items a week in advance of the event and continue mobile bidding right up through the evening of the event. We were blessed with the greatest number of items and bids to date!
  • Golden Puzzle Piece Winner Cache River Valley Seed topped this year’s Employee Giving Program which all together raised more than $12,000 among the respective employees of five companies—Armor Seed, Cache River Valley Seed, Centennial Bank, Farm Credit Midsouth and Regions Bank. If your employees would like to participate in the 2017 Golden Puzzle Piece Employee Giving Program, please contact Daniel Pieroni at 870-886-0585 or Danny Graham at 870-240-5739 for details.
  • Guest Speaker Attendees were treated to a few words by ASU Head Football Coach Blake Anderson.

Applications for Ag for Autism grants funded by the proceeds of this event are currently available at www.AgforAutism.org. Deadline for consideration this calendar year is May 27. Both individuals and organizations providing autism services are eligible to apply. A portion of the funds raised will also be directed to the first Ag for Autism Autism Resource Conference to be held August 4 in Jonesboro. Details can be found on the web site.

Watch for details about the 2017 Bracket Bonanza on the organization’s Facebook page and web site at www.AgforAutism.org. Ag for Autism is a 501 (c)(3) entity and all donations are tax deductible.