Cork & Cafe – Hadley, MA
On September 24, 2023, the NFXF Western Massachusetts Chapter held its 10th Cork & Cafe wine tasting and fundraising event. Nearly 60 people attended this year! Guests enjoyed appetizers, wine tasting with 70 different wines available, and a silent auction of 25 generously donated items, including gift cards to Pizza Oven and a bike! All attendees who bought tickets online were included in a drawing for 5 donated prizes. Guests appreciated the chance to connect with other families who are living with Fragile X-associated conditions, as well as those who have been ongoing active community members.
Denise Devine shared her appreciation for the business owner, Sean Barry, who set up the distributors that poured the wine. “Sean has been instrumental in the success of this event!”
Thank you to Denise Devine, Sean Barry, volunteers, attendees, and donors for your long-standing support of the NFXF and the Fragile X community!
Moms Night Out – Farmington, CT
The NFXF Western Massachusetts and Connecticut Chapters and the Sibling & Self-advocate Network (SSAN) organized an evening out on September 28, 2023. It was a fun night filled with casual conversations on many topics, sharing successes and discussing challenges and strategies. The group welcomed back many familiar faces, as well as a parent who was attending for the first time.
Thank you to the NFXF Western Massachusetts chapter for providing opportunities for families living with Fragile X to connect with others in the community!
Autism Connections Conference – Springfield, MA
The NFXF Western Massachusetts chapter hosted a table at a local Autism Connections Conference on April 27, 2023. Denise Devine attended and provided informational flyers on the relationship between Fragile X and autism. She spoke with professionals, families, and attendees about the NFXF Western Massachusetts Chapter, discussing Fragile X and possibly testing for Fragile X with their primary healthcare providers.
Thank you to the NFXF Western Massachusetts Chapter for helping inform the community and promote awareness about Fragile X!