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A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts, Inc. Raises $150,000 for Easter Seals Autism Programs

6th June, 2012

BERLIN, N.J., June 6, 2012 -- Crafty customers showed their compassion at all 133 A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts stores in March and April to help raise $150,000 for the Easter Seals Act for Autism campaign.

The money raised during the third annual campaign supports Easter Seals autism services in the same local communities as A.C. Moore stores, giving thousands of children and adults with autism access to critical services that help them live, learn, work, and play. Since launching the campaign as part of its Crafting a Better World program in 2010, A.C. Moore customers and store team members have raised more than $440,000 for Easter Seals.

"We're serious about supporting this cause that goes directly to support those in need in their local communities," said Pepe Piperno, chairman of A.C. Moore. "We thank our customers and staff for donating so that we can assist parents with early diagnosis and intervention."

Why Act for Autism with A.C. Moore and Easter Seals

"We know that through early detection and individualized intervention, children with autism and other disabilities make significant progress," explains Dr. Patricia Wright, MPH, Ph.D., national director autism services, Easter Seals. "The funds raised through our partnership with A.C. Moore will give more children with autism the care, guidance and support they need."

Today, one in 110 children are diagnosed with autism and there's an increasing need for funding, services and support. There's no known cause, cure or single effective treatment, but people with autism at any age can make significant progress and lead meaningful lives. Getting the right support at the earliest stage in life can help a child gain the skills he or she needs to be successful.

"A.C. Moore and Easter Seals are a great fit—we're able to combine our efforts to raise autism awareness, build community involvement and hopefully, inspire children of all abilities to find their inner artist," adds Wright.

About A.C. Moore
With 140 stores along the East Coast, A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts, Inc. brings families together for fun through creativity. Named by Parents Magazine as one of the top 10 places for birthday parties, A.C. Moore offers a wide range of programs to engage adults and children in crafting, including workshops, demonstrations and "Make & Takes." In addition to traditional craft products, A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts is also well-known for its selection of scrapbooking, jewelry, floral, yarn, art supplies, children's crafts kits and educational toys, along with ready-made frames and custom framing.

About Easter Seals
Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs. For more than 90 years, we have been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play.

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