The Bay School named a “Charity of Choice” for California Chili Cook-Off, wins $750 prize!


The Bay School, a May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Santa, Cruz, Calif., was one of 17 nonprofits chosen by local businesses to compete for prize money awarded at a chili cook off this past summer.
Based on a recommendation by Lori Rolan of Aldina Real Estate (host of the chili cook-off), Ken Newman of C&N Appliance Repair, whose nephew has autism, selected The Bay School as his company’s “Charity of Choice” for the event. Chef Monique Gomez cooked up some amazing chili, winning second place honors for C&N, and $750 for The Bay School!
“It was a beautiful day, and fun was had by all,” said Tania McAdams, Human Resource Manager at The Bay School. “We met some very delightful, generous people who cooked up some interesting chili. Many thanks to Lori Rolan for coming to our school and inviting us to participate as a charity of choice.”
The Bay School, a May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, is a nonpublic, nonprofit school dedicated to providing education and intervention services to individuals with autism and their families. It is one of May Institute's four special education schools in Massachusetts and California for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other special needs.
Founded in 1999, this year-round school serves students with autism between the ages of 5 and 22. Our highly trained staff utilize the most effective methods of working with children with autism. To learn more, visit