March is a busy month for Isabelle Mosca.
The Ventnor woman and co-founder of Faces4Autism is working on the group's annual conference at Richard Stockton College in Galloway Township on Thursday, promoting the Stand Up 4 Autism annual comedy night fundraiser at the Showboat Casino Hotel on March 28 and fielding hundreds of calls and emails about the annual Bubbles4Autism Awareness Day on April 1.
"I just do it all at once," Mosca said of her autism activities.
One thing will be different at the bubble event this year.
Rather than attempting to break the Guinness record for the most people blowing bubbles simultaneously, this year they are joining the "selfie" movement and encouraging participating groups to take pictures of themselves blowing bubbles and post them on the Blow Bubbles 4 Autism Facebook fan page. She said some groups did that last year, so event organizers decided to build on that this year.
More than 300 schools, businesses and other groups from all over the world are expected to participate.
Mosca said the Public Relations Club at Stockton has said it will set up an Instagram account that day to which groups can send their photos. She said the world record attempt has proved too difficult to get formally certified, so they are taking a break from that this year and focusing on the photos.
"The event really is about raising awareness of autism," she said. "That is our goal."
She said students at Egg Harbor Township High School had a contest to design a T-shirt for the group, and the winning "Linked in Love" shirt will be available for sale at the conference.
Contact Diane D'Amico:
If you go
Faces4Autism Conference, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway Township. Cost is $55 for professionals and
$35 for parents, and includes lunch. Call
609-827-2715 for information or email
Stand Up 4 Autism Comedy Night, 6 to 10 p.m. March 28, Showboat Casino Hotel, 801 Boardwalk. Tickets are $55. Call 609-412-3738.
Bubbles4Autism Awareness Day, April 1. More information is available at Faces4Autism.org