Join us for the virtual Seaver Celebration. This year, we are honoring Anthony ‘Tony’ and Mary Lou Cancellieri and the celebration will be a video premiere that will go live online on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.

This annual celebration provides significant funding for the Seaver Autism Center’s mission to enhance the diagnosis of autism and related disorders, discover the biological causes of those disorders, and develop and disseminate breakthrough treatments.


By purchasing a sponsorship, your support will help the Seaver Autism Center continue to reach new research advances and enhance care.

Sponsorship opportunities with a variety of benefits are available for purchase through the ‘sponsorships’ button above.

About the Video

Get introduced to our honorees, Tony and Mary Lou Cancellieri and meet some of the remarkable families who participate in our research. Go behind the scenes and see what a day in the life is like for families impacted by profound autism and ADNP Syndrome, a leading single gene cause of autism. Check-in with the Director of the Seaver Center, Joseph D. Buxbaum, PhD and the Clinical Director, Alexander Kolevzon, MD, for research updates and an outlook for what lies ahead.

The video premiere will be emailed directly to each supporter on November 9 in addition to being circulated to the Seaver Center’s virtual mailing list, and online on our website and social media channels.

About the Honorees

We are recognizing the Cancellieris for their tremendous support in the autism community and commendable efforts to inspire action to truly impact the lives of individuals with autism. Grandparents to a child with autism, they were motivated to start their own non-profit organization, RVC Blue Speaks. The mission of their organization is to, (a) promote awareness and acceptance of those affected by autism so that their quality of life is enhanced and their potential is fulfilled; (b) raise funds for genetic research, support programs, and community initiatives that directly serve families in need; (c) to change the conversation about autism into action and progress.

In addition to serving as Associates Board Members of the Seaver Autism Center, the Cancellieris play an active role in leadership throughout the local community. Tony is the Co-Chair of the Board for Mount Sinai South Nassau, and Member of the Mount Sinai Health System Board of Trustees, while Mary Lou is a member of the NY Governor’s Autism Spectrum Disorders Advisory Board.

Together, they have a vision of improving medical care for individuals with autism. Our Center worked closely with Tony to design and build an autism-friendly space at the South Nassau Emergency Department, and to develop training videos for health professionals to work with individuals on the spectrum.

Be Part of the Progress

Donations are crucial to advance autism research and treatments. Please consider helping us celebrate the progress that we have made by making a gift that builds off this success and provides momentum to develop and deliver treatments for individuals with autism and related disorders.

Donate online through the donation button above.

Have questions? Contact Communications and Marketing Associate, Sarah Lynch, by email or phone 212-241-0349.

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