Immortal Ink, a tattoo and body piercing shop in Lafayette, Indiana, conducted a fundraiser for Little Star Center – Lafayette during Autism Awareness Month. Over a two-day period, April 27-28, owner Highlander Orndorff and other artists served a larger than normal clientele to help increase awareness of the medical condition.
“My wife and I discussed doing this a year ago, but thought we’d get more attention if we held it during Autism Awareness Month, which is in April,” said Orndorff. “She has a grandchild who was diagnosed with mild autism. A lot of people don’t know much about it and we wanted to help bring some attention to it.”
Highlander said the event raised $1,100 for Little Star and he plans to conduct the fundraiser again next year.
Shelly Will, Little Star-Lafayette Center Manager, said “It was very thoughtful of them to think of us and I was very touched with their interest in increasing awareness, particularly as they have experienced it personally.” Funds will go toward the building of a playground at the Lafayette center.
WLFI-TV 18 reporter David DeLong was on the scene to see how Robyn Eads, Little Star Center-Carmel therapist, supported the cause. ”It really hurt; bu,t I like the autism symbol of puzzle pieces that was tattooed on my ankle. It was worth it.” Click here to see TV footage.