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2020 Illuminate the Night Gala Event

Light Up Rio!

Saturday, September 19, 2020


Presented by:

Spring Forward for Autism & The Parker Foundation for Autism and Child Development


Welcome to the 7th annual Illuminate the Night Gala Fundraising event.  This year Spring Forward For Autism has partnered with The Parker Foundation For Autism and Child Development! Year after year together, we effectively combine resources to provide programs designed with the total family support necessary for children with autism to succeed in reaching their full potential. Our partnership has proven to be a winning combination for uniting the larger community, maximizing donor impact, and most importantly meeting the global needs of the family affected by autism.


We are transporting you to the streets of Rio de Janeiro through,  an evening filled with street performers, silent auction, assorted heavy Hors d'oeuvres, open bar, live entertainment, and DJ! We are asking you to grab your Brazilian Carnival Masks, partake in our "Best Mask" competition and join us to support children in Brevard County affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 

 Join the event!


Virtual: Online link will be sent the day of the event.

In-person: Hilton Rilato, 200 Rialto Pl, Melbourne, FL 32901

Spend the Night: Stay at the Hilton and take advantage of our special room rates - BOOK HERE



  • Performances by Rainbow Circus, specialist in cirque-style entertainment including aerialists, stilt walkers and more!
  • Music by Don Soledad TrioDJ Lear Bunda and lighting by Rez Pro
  • Samba Dance Ensemble by the Fitness on Fifth dancers
  • Silent auction opens on August 7 and closes at 9pm on September 19
  • Live auction opens at 8:30 on September 19


Watch Light Up Rio:



Vote for your favorite mask here!


Meet Sheriff Wayne Ivey - 2020 Gala Auctioneer



Sheriff Ivey will be hosting the live auction event on September 19th!


The night at a glance:


5:30 -  VIP check-in begins

6:00-6:30 - Vip Cocktail Reception, get to know the Rainbow Circus performers and photo opportunities

6:30-7:00 - General registration begins and main doors open to the sounds of the Don Soledad Trio

7:00 - The culinary experience of Brazil begins

7:15 - Virtual live stream begins with introductions, guest interviews, and conversations 

7:25 - Don Soledad Trio performance

7:30 - Rainbow Circus aerial silk performance

7:50 - Introduction from our hosts

8:00 - Learn about the organizations through our promotional video produced by Lear Bunda

8:15 - Mask competition winner announced

8:30 - Live Auction open 

8:50 - Rainbow Circus cirque style performance 

9:00 - Meet some the families and children benefitting from our organization

9:15 - Get in the spirit of Carnival with a Samba performance from the Fitness on Fifth group of dancers 

9:30 - Silent auction closes for the evening

9:30 - Dance floor opens with DJ Lear Bunda


All live and virtual guests can enter the mask competition and win! Creatively decorate or wear your favorite MASQUERADE mask or FACE COVERING MASK for entry to win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in the Mask Competition! Winners receive gift certificates to local dining, bed and breakfast stays, and more! Enter your mask at check-in if attending live. Enter if attending virtually by sending us a photo either prior to or during the event before 8:00 PM. All guests have the chance to vote for their favorite, and winners will be announced by the events team at approximately 8:15 PM! Let's see some masks!!! 

A Special Thank You to Our Amazing Sponsors!











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Spring Forward for Autism & The Parker Foundation for Autism and Child Development

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Melbourne Beach, FL, USA

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