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The 16th Annual Pink Pump Affair hosted by the Special Needs Network continues to empower and bring increased support and advocacy kids with autism and other special needs!

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MAY 19: (L-R) Jackee Harry, Tamera Mowry and Areva Martin attend the 16th annual "A Pink Pump Affair" at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel on May 19, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Robin L Marshall/Getty Images for SNN – Special Needs Network, Inc,)


It was a Pink Pump affair at the Sweet Sixteen gala where 500 fabulous women and men came together to raise money for kids with  #autism and other special needs!

"This year's Pink Pump Affair was a testament to the power of community and the impact we can have when we come together for a common cause," said Areva Martin, President and Founder of Special Needs Network. "The support we received will allow us to continue our mission of providing critical resources and advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities. I am deeply grateful to our board members for their unwavering dedication and support in making this night unforgettable."

We were also in for an adorable surprise, when Tamera Mowry-Housley reunited with ‘Sister, Sister’ mom Jackée Harry: The two embraced each other with on the Pink Carpet with hugs.


BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MAY 19: (L-R) Jackee Harry, Tamera Mowry attend the 16th annual "A Pink Pump Affair" at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel on May 19, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Robin L Marshall/Getty Images for SNN – Special Needs Network, Inc,)


"Sister, Sister" with Harry, Tia and Tamera Mowry and Tim Reid in 1994. ABC / Getty Images


“Sister, Sister" aired from 1994 to 1999, and starred Tamera alongside her real-life twin sister, Tia Mowry, as twins who were raised separately but reunited as teens.


The event honored four exceptional individuals whose work and advocacy have made a significant impact on the lives of people with disabilities:


Trailblazer Award: Tamera Mowry-Housley, an Emmy Award-winning host, author, actress, producer, and entrepreneur, celebrated for her inspiring career and advocacy efforts.

Game Changer Award: Alva Adams-Mason, Group Manager, Multicultural Business Alliance & Dealer Relations, Toyota Motor North America, recognized for her exemplary leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion.

Self-Advocate Award: Cristy Romero, is a dedicated SNN participant and an inspiring advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Areva Martin Everyday Advocate Award: Michael Jett, entrepreneur, and autism self-advocate, was honored for his tireless efforts to increase supplier diversity at Kroger and his advocacy in the autism community.












About Special Needs Network

Special Needs Network (SNN) was founded by media personality and civil rights attorney Areva Martin, Esq. in 2005 after she was met with obstacles in accessing necessary services for her son, Marty, who was diagnosed with autism at two years old. SNN is one of the nation's leading social justice, autism, and disability rights organizations. Based in Los Angeles, the organization provides innovative direct service and online programming to supply aid and resources to hundreds of thousands of families annually. Its mission is to combat the discrimination disenfranchised communities of color face in getting proper care and resources for minority children with developmental disabilities. For more information about SSN, visit visit wwwSNNLA.org.Media


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 Special Needs Network For more information about the event, visit https://snnla.org/a-pink-pump-affair/.





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