On Saturday, December 10th, 2011 the New York University Child Study Center’s Asperger’s Awareness Council hosted their annual Asperger’s awareness benefit at the Chelsea Art Museum.

Asperger’s Syndrome is a high-functioning autism spectrum disorder, and the NYU Child Study Center seeks to raise awareness and funds to provide direct services to the Asperger’s community. Usually, there are procrastinator’s tickets available for purchase at the door, but this year’s event was sold out the night before with over 1,000 guests in attendance. This year, the event organizers had a unique approach to make for a smoother and faster check in process by using the Crowded Room mobile application as well as iPads for electronic check in.

If you are a twentysomething in Manhattan, this is one charity event you will not want to miss. Early bird ticket sales give you the opportunity to enjoy an upbeat cocktail open bar event for a great cause for under $70 that lasts from 9:30pm until 3am! They also have the option of tables with bottle service, which is highly recommended if planning on staying the whole evening (plus they came with fun neon sunglasses).

Only the hardiest partiers can last the whole night, and many attendees arrived around 10:30pm. The location of the venue is great because it allows for easy access to hot nightclubs in the Meatpacking district for a change of scene or for an after party (if you can last that long).

Celebrity entertainers including DJs Chachi, Tanner, Cameron Smalls, and Pink Cashmere had the hip crowd dancing all night long. But the belle of the ball was definitely electric violinist Sarah Charnass; her unique sound and theatrics really stole the show.

There were plenty of photo opportunities to document the festivities with multiple step and repeats, as well as a Crowded Room photo booth. Guests looking for unique holiday gifts or to splurge for themselves were not disappointed by the variety of service packages and products available through their silent auction.

Overall, the NYU Child Study Center threw a great event and surely exceeded their goal of fundraising over $50,000 for Asperger’s services.

Happy Schmoozing,

Jenicka