Summit Academy, a private special education school, is celebrating 10 years of “moving mountains” for students with high functioning autism and related diagnoses.  Their anniversary gala, featuring Shonda Schilling, will be held on November 19 at 6:00 pm in the Congregation Beth Israel Hall; 15 Jamesbury Drive, Worcester, MA. Funds raised will benefit Summit Academy by supporting therapeutic programs and technology initiatives.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception where guests will have a chance to mingle and bid in the silent auction. The cocktail reception will be followed by dinner, live auction and an evening of dancing to the music of Clockwork– a Boston based band of “seven seriously talented performing artists together in one tight, spirited, and energetic group… You name it, they can play it!”

Guests will also have the pleasure to share in Shonda Schilling’s story.  Shonda Schilling is the author of “The Best Kind of Different”, a memoir about her son’s life with Asperger’s.

“The funds raised are vital in ensuring that our students continue to have access to the necessary tools, technologies and support for successful development of social skills, academics, self-control and self-esteem. We also recognize the need to expand our services to reach more children” Summit Academy’s Executive Director, Daniel DiMezza said.  “We are excited about sharing our journey, the touching stories and recognition of a remarkable, dedicated staff.”

Family, friends, business and community leaders, and professional colleagues are invited to support the program.  Together, we can continue to “Move Mountains”.

The ticket price for the party is $135.00, while sponsorship opportunities include a $10,000 Summit Sponsor, $7,500 Peak Sponsors, $5,000 Viewpoint Sponsors, $2,500 Sherpa Sponsors, $1,000 Mountaineer Sponsors and $500 for the Trailblazer Sponsor.

For ticket information, to purchase tickets or to become a sponsor, please visit our website: or feel free to contact Amanda Panikian at 508-751-8500 or .

For more than ten years Summit Academy, has been providing unparalleled quality education for students. Summit Academy, a Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private School (maaps), nonprofit’s mission is to provide a therapeutic alternative school for students with high functioning autism and related diagnoses and to help students reach their greatest academic, social, and emotional potential, and to improve their overall quality of life.

CONTACT:  Amanda Panikian, Summit Academy, 508-751-8500   ,