Good food, vintage cars, and one of the coolest, most entertaining bands on the planet, all in the name of supporting a great cause?

Yes, please.

Every single aspect of this year’s Autism Society Winter Fundraiser was incredible.

First, the venue: The Vehicle Vault in Parker is a huge, industrial space full of beautiful, pristine vintage cars – a cool, chic backdrop to the night’s festivities.

Surrounding the perimeter of the room were stations serving food and drinks from various local restaurants and vendors. Among them were Dirt Coffee – a coffee truck (soon to have its own brick-and-mortar location!) that employs individuals with autism and Brewability Lab – a brewery who provides job opportunities to adults with special needs (try their Strawberry Blond, you’ll be glad you did).

The first half of the evening included games and live and silent auctions benefitting the Autism Society of Colorado.

The second half of the evening’s entertainment was The Wash Park Band. In a word: wow. With covers from music greats like Earth, Wind, & Fire, The Jackson 5, and Stevie Wonder, it was 100% impossible not to dance. I had no choice.

Luckily, I still managed to get some great shots:

I will never forget this evening. I went from crying at the uplifting stories of those whose lives have been touched by autism, to laughing at the hilarious live auction battles, to dancing the night away to the funky tunes of the Wash Park Band. I am so honored to have had the chance to document it and to meet so many people dedicated to supporting those with autism.