Shining the Light on Autism

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Share your evening with us as we shine the light on autism at the Minnesota Autism Center’s inaugural gala to raise funds to continue our work of providing services to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and their families. This event is open to the public.

All proceeds from our gala event will support Minnesota Autism Center’s therapeutic services to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.

Emcee: Esme Murphy

CBS Minnesota | WCCO Television Minneapolis Saint Paul

Our emcee for this inaugural event is Esme Murphy, reporter and Sunday morning anchor for WCCO.

Esme has been a member of the WCCO staff since December 1990. Born and raised in New York City, Esme ventured into reporting after graduating from Harvard University. She started in Chattanooga at a CBS station, then ventured across Tennessee to Memphis to work for the ABC affiliate. She jumped when she got the big call to come to WCCO and has never looked back.

Esme has won numerous awards during her career, including Associated Press First Place Awards for non-spot news reporting, feature reporting and investigative reporting. In 2012, Esme was name ‘Best AM Radio Show Host in the Twin Cities’ by City Pages.

Evening agenda

U.S. Presidential Candidate Senator Amy Klobuchar (D) MN

Welcome reception

Dinner and program

Dessert and live auction


Single ticket: $150
Table: $1,500

A portion of your ticket is tax deductible. Space is limited for this event. Ticket sales will be available online soon.

Additional information

There will be complimentary valet parking at these event and semi-formal attire is encouraged. Questions? Please contact Lisa Newton at or (952) 767-4200.