Davie Town Councilmember Caryl Hattan will join families with children who have special needs at a family night out at Pizza Loft on April 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. April is Autism Awareness Month, and the event is a special way to celebrate as a community. “As a teacher who specializes in teaching children with special needs, I understand the need for this sort of event and wholeheartedly support it,” stated Councilmember Hattan.
The event is the brainchild of Stu and Marlane Krane of Davie whose autistic daughter attends Western High School. Krane was inspired by a television show that showcased a restaurant in Baltimore that hosted a similar event. “Having a restaurant that dedicates an evening of dinning-in for families with special needs children is a wonderful thing,” stated Krane. “Often these families prefer to dine at home rather than endure the stress of people staring at them or asking them to control their children.”
Krane worked on the concept with Brian Roselione, director of the Center for Autism Research and Development in Davie. Then, Krane approached the owner of Pizza Loft, Jeff Cohen, who was thrilled to host the event at his restaurant in Davie (3514 South University Drive). Both Krane and Councilmember Hattan expressed their gratitude to Cohen for opening up his doors for this special event. “This is a wonderful expression of Mr. Cohen’s commitment to our community. I would like to thank him personally,” declared Hattan.