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'Show & Shine For a Special Kind' raises funds for autism center
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'Show & Shine For a Special Kind' raises funds for autism center

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Show & Shine For A Special Kind was held Saturday at Mineral Area College to raise funds to support The Little Learners Spectrum Center in Farmington.

Organized by Terry and Kasey Aslinger, the event featured more than 90 trucks on display, as well as several sponsors.

'Show & Shine For a Special Kind' raises funds for autistic center

A drone captured this colorful photo of Saturday's Show & Shine For A Special Kind fundraiser held at Mineral Area College.

A check for $40,000 was presented — along with an additional $3,000 donated immediately after the check presentation — to Little Learners Spectrum Center owner Ashley Smith and her husband, Cory.

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"We were completely overwhelmed not only with the amount but by the showing of community support," Smith said. "We will use the money to support our newly-opened school in Farmington to reach as many kids and families as possible. We are forever grateful to the Aslingers and everyone else who participated in the event."

Smith added that one of the high points of the event was when she and Cory's daughter, Ari, along with the Aslinger's daughter, Jolie — both of whom are autistic — got to each give out an award to their favorite truck.

'Show & Shine For a Special Kind' raises funds for autistic center

Cory Smith, Addyson Smith, Ari Smith, Ashley Smith and Mike Britton stand in front of the truck Ari chose as her favorite at Saturday's fundraiser.

'Show & Shine For a Special Kind' raises funds for autistic center

Kasey Aslinger, Jolie Aslinger, Austin Banks and Terry Aslinger in front of the truck Jolie chose as her favorite truck.

Smith encourages anyone interested in supporting the learning center to visit the www.tllapreschool.com website and click the link that will take them to a page about the autism school. She also has a Facebook group called Little Learners Spectrum Center, Inc., or you can contact her directly at ashleyd_smith@hotmail.com.

Kevin R. Jenkins is the managing editor of the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-756-8927 or kjenkins@farmingtonpressonline.com

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