May Institute Awarded $20,000 Grant from Proceeds of Comedy Central’s 2010 Night of Too Many Stars


Randolph, Mass. — May Institute, an award-winning national nonprofit that serves individuals with autism and other special needs, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the New York Center for Autism. The grant represents a portion of the proceeds from Comedy Central’s 2010 Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education. May Institute is one of only 35 organizations to be named a grant recipient of this event.

Proceeds from the star-studded, televised night of entertainment generated over $3.5 million. May Institute will utilize its funds to assist in the development of new autism programming for the individuals in its care. The Institute provides specialized services across the lifespan, from diagnosis and treatment, to educational, vocational, and community residential programs, to support services for older adults.

“We could not be more delighted or honored to be a recipient of this prominent fundraiser,” says May Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Walter P. Christian, Ph.D, ABPP. “Our gratitude extends to all those who donated to this cause and clearly share our resolve to help children and adults with autism lead the fullest lives possible.”

Administered by the New York Autism Center and co-sponsored by Comedy Central and Jon Stewart’s Busboy Productions, this biennial special event brings A-list performers together to benefit a variety of autism education and family service programs across the country. “The proceeds are intended to help create new educational, social and teaching programs as well as expand established facilities to serve even more people living with autism,” says Ilene Lainer, Executive Director of New York Center for Autism.

About May Institute
Founded in 1955, May Institute has its roots in a family’s vision of enabling children with disabilities to lead the fullest lives possible. Today, May Institute provides educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, brain injury, mental illness, and behavioral health needs. The Institute also provides training and consultation services to professionals, organizations, and public school systems.

May Institute is one of the largest and most well-respected providers of special education schools and services for children and adults with autism and other special needs in Massachusetts and the U.S. Our programs touch the lives of thousands of individuals and their families each year at nearly 200 service locations across the country. For more information, call 800.778.7601 or visit

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