Perkins Inaugural Evening Under the Stars, Creating Bright Futures, will feature Pulitzer Prize – winning author Ron Suskind as the main speaker. Suskind is the author of the book Life, Animated. This book is the Suskind family story about how a family reconnected and grew together through their autistic son’s affinity for Disney movies. Through these movies, the family learned how to communicate with their son, Owen. Today, Owen is a vibrant young artist with his own YouTube channel focusing on all things Disney, and Ron is traveling the world sharing what the family learned about life, love and communication.


Ron Suskind

Perkins Inaugural Evening Under the Stars, Creating Bright Futures Event, will be held on Friday, October 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The International in Bolton. Tickets can be purchased online at All proceeds will directly benefit Perkins programs.

“The message of hope that Ron brings for children and families alike is important and should resonate long after the night ends,” Perkins Chief Executive Officer Michael W. Ames said. “Perkins has had the great privilege of serving many who live on the spectrum and/or face similar challenges due to mental health, developmental or other challenges. We are excited to offer the insight of a world class speaker like Ron to all who attend the gala.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Ron Suskind has written some of America’s most important works of nonfiction, framing national debates while exploring the complexities of human experience. Learn more about Ron and his work at

There will be a silent auction held at the event. This event will also offer an opportunity for sponsorships. Perkins is committed to the education, healthy development and optimal treatment for children and families. The agency provides residential and day treatment services to over 500 children and families, and has provided intensive support to children with a variety of challenges since 1896. Perkins also operates a community mental health clinic, a therapeutic horsemanship program, a child development center, and a residential and vocational program for adults with special needs. More information about Perkins can be found at