Student-led autism awareness dance raises $1,800 for Sioux City's Pier Center

Autism Awareness Event

Briar Cliff students who participated in "The Movement" event pose for a photo in the shape of a puzzle piece, to symbolize autism awareness.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — More than 60 students joined forces to raise more than $1,800 on April 23 at Briar Cliff University’s first autism awareness dance, referred to as “The Movement.” All proceeds from the six-hour dance will go directly to the Pier Center for Autism.


If our event helped one person understand the lives of people and families dealing autism a little better, it was a success.

— Josh Cobbs,
event advisor



"My belief is that students chose to join 'The Movement,' because they saw an opportunity to support and learn more about a great cause," said Josh Cobbs, director of career education at Briar Cliff and advisor of the BC Student Government group, which spearheaded the event.

"The money we raised is great, but I'm most excited about the number of students that left with more knowledge of autism than they came with. If our event helped one person understand the lives of people and families dealing autism a little better, it was a success."

Students danced, sang karaoke and performed lip-sync contests, listened to speakers and played basketball, volleyball and other games during the six-hour event at the Newman Flanagan Center on BCU's campus.

The Pier Center for Autism, which benefits from the proceeds, was founded out of a desire to deliver compassionate services for individuals with autism in Siouxland. The center offers a network of support for the individual with autism and delivers a comprehensive approach with focus on the individual, caregivers, siblings and the community.

“I am so proud of the dedication and effort students put into making this event a success,” Cobbs said. “This event was student-led and held a lot of importance for those involved. At Briar Cliff, our students are difference-makers and this is a great example of how their determination to give back extends beyond the campus and into the Siouxland community.”



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