Krispy Kreme Corporate Headquarters to Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness

Starting the evening of Wednesday, April 2, Krispy Kreme Corporate Headquarters at 370 Knollwood Street in Winston Salem, will illuminate with special blue lights in support of Autism Speaks’ annual Light It Up Blue (LIUB)campaign. 

"As staggering as these most recent figures are, we must look beyond the numbers to the children and families that are living with autism each and every day."

 ABC of NC Child Development Center (ABC of NC), in partnership with Autism Speaks, corporate partner Krispy Kreme, and the Office of Mayor Allen Joines, will “Light It Up Blue” the first week in April in commemoration of World Autism Awareness Day, April 2.

Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism spectrum disorders. In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks and buildings, along with hundreds of thousands of homes and communities take part in this very visible commitment to shine a light on autism. This year, Winston-Salem, and some of the City’s most iconic buildings, joins cities across the globe that have made the very visible commitment to Light It Up Blue. Participating Buildings and landmarks include: ABC of NC Child Development Center (3904 Old Vineyard Road, Winston-Salem); Krispy Kreme Headquarters (370 Knollwood Street, Winston-Salem); R.J. Reynolds Building (51 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem); The Millennium Center (101 West Fifth Street, Winston-Salem); City Hall (101 North Main Street, Winston-Salem); and Corpening Plaza (231 First Street W., Winston-Salem).

“We are excited that these landmark buildings will be illuminated in blue to show support for World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month,” said Felice Brenner, ABC of NC board chair. “We are incredibly grateful to these dedicated corporate and civic partners for the commitment they have shown to this cause. Together, we will light Winston-Salem blue and in doing so ensure that our message of autism awareness reaches the broader community.”

 On March 27, 2014 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released new autism prevalence numbers that revealed that one in 68 American children, and one in 42 boys, are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, a 33% increase over 2012. “As the prevalence of autism increases so must our commitment to raising the public consciousness,” said Brenner. “As staggering as these most recent figures are, we must look beyond the numbers to the children and families that are living with autism each and every day.”

 “My family is one of the many families in the Winston-Salem community who has a child with autism,” said Darryl Marsch, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc., and a member of the boards of directors of both ABC of NC and the Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC). “The Krispy Kreme Headquarters will Light It Up Blue throughout the month of April, beginning on World Autism Awareness Day – April 2, as we show support for our hometown organizations, like ABC of NC, that provide support and services to individuals with autism and their families, and promote public awareness and understanding of autism spectrum disorders.”


About ABC of NC

ABC of NC is a non-profit center committed to ensuring that all children with autism spectrum disorders reach their full potential through effective diagnostic, therapeutic and educational services. ABC of NC respects and values the uniqueness of all individuals with autism spectrum disorders, and supports each individual in developing the skills and motivation necessary to be able to learn and thrive in the least restrictive setting possible. As one of only three specialized schools for children with autism in North Carolina, ABC of NC serves children and families from 11 NC counties. ABC of NC is committed to seeking funding from a variety of sources so that they can provide services to families from any economic background. To learn more about ABC of NC, please visit

About Autism
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders—autism spectrum disorders—caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors and impaired communication. Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning that it affects people to varying degrees. Thanks to advances in research and early detection and treatment, autism is reliably diagnosed as early as 24 months and evidence-based interventions, like those provided at ABC of NC, can improve its core symptoms.

About World Autism Awareness Day
On December 18, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/139, tabled by the State of Qatar, declaring April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day in perpetuity. This UN resolution established WAAD as one of only three official disease-specific United Nations Days, with the goal of bringing the world's attention to autism, a pervasive disorder that affects tens of millions. World Autism Awareness Day shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health concern. WAAD activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism crisis and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Each April 2, the international autism community celebrates Light It Up Blue, in commemoration of the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day.


About Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatment and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice-chairman of General electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed nearly 200 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit


For more information on ABC of NC Child Development Center ( or Winston-Salem’s Light It Up Blue initiative please contact ABC of NC’s Director of Development, Casey Raymer, at (336) 251-1180 or


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