Beer tasting to raise funds to send children with autism to camp

Children ages 8-12 with autism learn skills needed to be part of their community. Fifteen of them will attend camp this summer.

Local residents can sample new Pyramid brews at a fundraiser for UCP of Sacramento and Northern California’s Autism Center for Excellence summer camp. The tasting event will take place 5-8 p.m. on April 19 at Pyramid Alehouse, 1029 K Street, Sacramento, and will include unlimited samples of Pyramid’s new beer releases, light snacks and live music from local band Secret Argyle. Tickets cost $25 and must be purchased at

The event will help raise funds to send 15 children with autism to summer camp at Grizzly Creek Ranch in Portola. All 15 campers have been learning the skills to interact with other children with autism, as well as typically developing children, at UCP’s Autism Center for Excellence at Sacramento State. A.C.E. Camp will give them the chance to put those skills into practice.

“We rely on the community to fund this wonderful experience for kids,” said Doug Bergman, president and CEO, UCP of Sacramento and Northern California. “Summer camp is a rite of passage, and we want to make sure all kids have the chance to enjoy this experience, regardless of having a developmental disability. We hope everyone will come out to Pyramid and enjoy some new beers and ensure all these kids have a summer they’ll never forget.”

A.C.E. campers will learn swimming, arts and crafts, kayaking, archery, volleyball, scooter hockey, fishing, soccer and dancing. They also will have a movie night, campfire time and a talent show, as well as the chance to build on the skills they learn throughout the year.

A.C.E. Camp costs $1,350 per child, but families are only charged $600. UCP relies on the community to fund the remaining $750 per child.

A.C.E. Camp compliments UCP’s Autism Center for Excellence at Sacramento State, which includes an interdisciplinary team of occupational therapists, speech therapists, adaptive physical activity specialists and behavioral analysts. During the school year, children ages 8-12 take part in a large group activity to practice communication skills and divide into smaller groups that help them see the inter-relatedness of people in their lives. Parents are instructed on techniques to use at home.

Each month, UCP of Sacramento and Northern California serves 2,600 children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families in Butte, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Shasta, Sutter and Yolo counties. Programs include Saddle Pals adaptive horseback riding, UCP’s Autism Center for Excellence at Sacramento State, adult day programs, independent living services, transportation and in-home respite care for families. For more information, visit


Disclosure: Kristin Thébaud is the marketing and PR consultant for UCP of Sacramento and Northern California and works with numerous local nonprofits and companies that give back to the community.

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