Sunday, April 24, 2011

NAA - NY Metro Rings The NASDAQ Opening Bell

On April 18, 2011, NAA NY Metro had the great honor of ringing the opening bell at the NASDAQ Exchange during Autism Awareness Month. A number of NAA Board Members, friends and family gathered for the ceremony. In attendance were: Kim Mack Rosenberg and Henry Rosenberg; Peggy, Rob and Daniel Becker; Stuart and Cameron Flaum; Khalid Rehman; Homeira Kalim; Sujata Setya, Raj Dhanda and Debbie Pieri; Kathleen Reily; and Lisa, Max, Derek, and Lexi Rudley. The broadcast was carried by many media, including CNBC, CNBC India,,, Business News Network (Canada), NDTV (New Delhi), Bloomberg, FOX Business, & KTVU (a FOX Affiliate). We also were broadcast on the 7-story jumbotron in Times Square!

NASDAQ made us feel welcome from the minute we walked in the door. Our logo was everywhere, on all the screens and even projected spinning on the lobby floor! In the Times Square studio there were beverages for all as we did a practice run through the ceremony. When the ceremony began at about 9:15, host Jay Heller spoke about the NAA NY Metro chapter and introduced Kim and Peggy. Kim spoke for a few minutes on autism awareness, difficult issues such as wandering and adult services facing families caring for a loved one with autism, and the work of NAA NY Metro and how we hope to reach families in need. then it was time to push the button to ring the bell and open the market. Everyone gathered onstage for the bell ringing, amid much clapping, waving and cheering. We then went outside for a photoshoot on Times Square with our images projected on the jumbotron - a real kick for the kids and adults alike.

You can watch the ceremony here, just look for the April 18, 2011 opening ceremony, and read more about it here.

A big thank you to all who made this happen - it was truly a special day for NAA NY Metro!

Photos are copyright 2011, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.

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