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Stratosphere Networks Proud Sponsor of Second Annual Chef's Soiree

Chicago-based IT support company sponsoring Autism Speaks event.

Chicago, IL- On Thursday, November 6, Autism Speaks is hosting the second annual Chef's Soiree, taking place at Ignite Glass Studios in Chicago. IT managed service provider Stratosphere Networks will be one of the sponsors for the event.

Autism Speaks has had success with chef tasting events across the country. From New York City's Celebrity Chef Gala which annually raises over $1 million dollars to Cleveland and St. Louis, Chicago's Inaugural Chef's Soiree aims to raise $75,000. The event will benefit children and families struggling with autism, a neurological disorder that affects 1 out of every 68 children. Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism.

"I'm thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive response for this unique event benefiting those affected by autism," Chairperson Tom Cesario said. "We have received an outpouring of support from the business and culinary communities in the Chicago area along with a team of dedicated volunteers to make the night a success!"

Stratosphere Networks has been providing IT support to businesses in Chicago since 2010 and always look for opportunities to get involved in local events and charities.

"Stratosphere Networks is happy to show our support for Autism Speaks," Kevin Rubin and Steve Melchiorre, managing partners of Stratosphere Networks, said. "The Chef's Soiree is a fantastic event for such a meaningful cause and we're proud to be one of the sponsors this year."

Tickets for the Chef's Soiree begin at $100 for individuals and table-sponsorship opportunities start at $1,000 to $7,5000. For more information, please call 224-567-8573 or visit

About Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $500 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit

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