By Lisa Morgan

Fashion, cupcakes, prizes and gifts, all for a good cause?  Count us at Coachella Valley Weekly in!  We are marking our calendars for September 29th and you should join us.  This particular Saturday night, from 5 – 10pm, the very popular clothing store, Blonde by The River, is hosting a fantastic event to raise money and awareness for Autism Speaks.  They have created an amazing shopping event where all participants will enjoy event discounts, free gifts with purchase, gourmet cupcakes and treats, raffle prizes, limited edition event t-shirts and more.

Coordinating this event is store manager Jennifer Tan.  Not only does Jennifer manage one of the most popular fashion stores in the desert, but she has long been one to give back to her community.  “I have been doing community awareness events for about 3 years now, helping the Regional Access Project (RAP), Toys for Tots, and Susan Koman, For the Cure.”  When the owner of Blonde by the River gave her an opportunity to use the event experience she has been cultivating since she was young, Jennifer jumped at the opportunity to work with Autism Speaks.

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.*


Jennifer states, “I want this event to be a success, not for sales or profit but for autism Speaks, and to show the community that Blonde gives back to the community.”  Raffle tickets are on sale now at $5 each and 100% of the proceeds go directly to the Autism Speaks Foundation.  You can purchase the tickets by phone or in person at Blonde or at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

Per Jennifer, “The store will be open to the general public, but only those who RSVP will get the good stuff!”  They will also be giving away raffle prizes every 15 minutes, from the amazing sponsors of the event.  Even if you cannot make it to the event you can still participate and they will notify all the winners not present by phone and even ship the winnings the following day if they are out of town.


To RSVP go to!/events/317157878376901/  or call Jennifer at  Blonde by the River (760) 836-3366

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