With Jon Stewart's The Daily Show coming to a close after 16 years, Jon Stewart knew he wanted to go out with an impactful bang. Through a partnership with Omaze, a charity fundraising company, Stewart had fans donate $10 or more in order to get their names entered in a raffle. The raffle winner would then get to attend the final taping of the show, meet the host, and visit the set.
From 47,048 people donating an average of $45 dollars each, Stewart's fundraising earned a grand total of $2,235,520 for autism!
The money riaised will go towards supporting the charity New York Collaborates for Autism (NYC4A). This organization helps autistic individuals, both young and old. The organization's mission is to develop rich and innovative programs that serve people with autism in various facets. The organization's programs and facilities include: The Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB), Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism, Hunter College Autism Center, BOOST!, NYC Autism Charter School, Advancing Futures For Adults with Autism (AFAA), and the Neighborhood Network of New York.
Through collaborations with hospitals, researches, and other non-profit organizations, NYC4A's work provides care and treatment for autistic individuals at CADB, high-quality school programming in various subjects for autistic children at the Charter School, after-school programs through BOOST!, and address public policy to support ASD adolescents and adults through AFAA. The newly funded Neighborhood Network of New York also hopes to create a designed neighborhood and support system for autistic adults through an experimental program.
Overall, Jon Stewart's influence and impact will go well beyond his time on TV, and fans and charities will be forever grateful for his entertainment and charitable work. #JonVoyage Jon!
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