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Families living with autism enjoy celebration just for them

The Carlos Vieira Foundation hosted a free event for families living with autism on Sept. 4 at Yamato Colony Elementary School in Livingston. More than 1,000 attendees showed up for the Autism Day BBQ and enjoyed free food, games, carnival rides, crafts, bounce houses, a magic show, and more.

“This was our first year hosting this event since 2019, and we had a record high number of over 1,000 attendees,” said Desiree Ybarra, the foundation’s director of programs and operations.

This event is made possible by the Foundation’s “Race for Autism” campaign. This effort helps the communities of 21 counties in Central California by fundraising, donating to local organizations, raising awareness, hosting community support events, and awarding grants to families through its Direct-Help Grant Program.

Community supporters include the Livingston School District, Yamato Colony Elementary School, 51FIFTY, Autism Speaks, First 5- Merced County, Livingston Community Health, Texas Roadhouse, The Main Event, Jeffrey M Carter DDS, Livingston Recreation, Livingston Police Explorers, PFSA, Merced County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Livingston Fire Department, Livingston High School FFA, and the Livingston High School Hispanic Youth Leadership Council.

If you would like more information about the Carlos Vieira Foundation or would like to make a charitable donation, please visit, or call 209-394-1444, or email: [email protected]

The Carlos Vieira Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that focuses on the following three campaigns: Race for Autism, Race 2B Drug-Free, and Race to End the Stigma. Through local support, the foundation is able to assist families and individuals across 21 counties within Central California.

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