The Professional Center for Childhood Development held its 16th annual jazz brunch fund-raiser at the Andover Country Club on April 30 to raise money for the programs they provide for children and young adults.

This year’s honorees at the Swing Into Spring event included Community Service Award Recipients and Andover residents Lenard and Delphine Zohn, co-founders of Autism Eats. Autism Eats is national organization that provides autism-friendly, non-judgmental environments for family dining, socializing and connecting with others who share similar joys and challenges.

The Children’s First Award winner was George Navin, director and co-founder of Pass it On, Inc. Since 1992, Pass it On has been providing free, recycled, durable, medical equipment and assistive technology to children with disabilities, up to age 22, and their families. 

Their primary purpose is to assist families who fall through the cracks in the healthcare system and do not have the healthcare coverage or funds to acquire items needed to improve their child's quality of life.

The event, presented by Peoples United Bank, included brunch, raffles, a silent auction, and a “Couture for a Cause” fashion show featuring models wearing clothing from several local boutiques. Attendees were also able to wear jewels provided by Elyse Jewelers which were worn at the Academy Awards. The event was hosted by Kendra Petrone from MAGIC106.7

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