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Athens State to Light Founders Hall Blue for Autism Awareness

Athens Plus
Guy McClure

Athens State’s historic Founders Hall lit by the afternoon sun after a recent storm.

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University is planning to join Autism Speaks in celebrating World Autism Awareness Day on Monday, April 2. As part of a word-wide movement, Autism Speaks has asked that monuments and buildings of note “Light It Up Blue” to help shine a light on autism. Athens State will participate by lighting their historic Founders Hall for that one night.

“We have spotlights in place that light Founders Hall nightly and we have acquired blue theatrical film to cover the lights and hopefully wash the building in a blue tone,” states Director of Public Relations Guy McClure. “To my knowledge, the front of Founders has never been illuminated in a color so we are anxious to see how it will look. We hope the public will take a walk or drive by on the night of April 2nd to check it out.”

Light It Up Blue, in its third year, is a unique global initiative to help raise awareness about the growing public health concern that is autism. Iconic landmarks around the world will Light It Up Blue to show their support. In the past, such landmarks as the Empire State Building, Niagara Falls, The Sydney Opera House, and Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro have been lighted in blue to support autism awareness.

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Date: 3/30/2012