Art in Alternative Spaces


Souls:  Beneath and Beyond Autism


Photographs by Thomas Balsamo


An Evening with the Stars features

An Elegant Dinner at
Chicago Catch 35

courtesy of Lloyd's and
Taste American Catering

A Champagne Trolley Ride
aboard Chicago's Premiere Trolley
courtesy of Chicago Trolley and Barefoot Wines

A Stroll Down the Red Carpet

Complimentary Hors D'oeuvres, Drinks and Movie-Themed Cocktails

Hollywood-Themed Silent Auction and Raffle (including a walk-on part in the smash hit Menopause the Musical, a trip to Hollywood for lunch with film and television star, Joe Mantegna, and much more...)

A Photographic Art Exhibit by Thomas Balsamo, "SOULS: BENEATH AND BEYOND AUTISM" based on the book by Sharon Rosenbloom

The Awards Telecast LIVE Inside the Apollo Theater

Our Sponsors Schedule Buy Tickets About Autism
Reserve Your Place on the Red Carpet
As We Raise Money for Autism Research

With the backdrop of the 78th Annual Academy Awards® Broadcast, join us for this red carpet, Hollywood-themed benefit evening!

Hosted by NBC 5's
Sunday, March 5, 2006
at the
Apollo Theater
2540 North Lincoln Ave,
Chicago, Illinois 60614

Tickets are ON SALE NOW
Call (773) 935-6100 or purchase online
All Proceeds to benefit the Cure Autism Now Foundation
Cure Autism Now (CAN) is a 501(c)3 organization of parents, clinicians and scientists dedicated to finding effective treatments, causes and a cure for autism.

* This event is not affiliated with nor endorsed by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

This organization has merged with Autism Speaks:



Thomas Balsamo was very fortunate to find his craft at a very young age.   When he was ten years old, he received his first camera as a gift.   His love of photography developed into a career while growing up in the Barrington area photographing the surrounding countryside.   Thomas began creating portraiture in 1978.   His love of portraiture and interest in people is reflected in his classic yet simple style.   His objective is to capture the true personalities of his subjects, invoking a feeling that can be experienced each time his work is viewed.   Thomas looks at each assignment as an opportunity to create artwork, striving to create images that enrich subject's lives.   These true representations provide many years of enjoyment.

Thomas' work was featured on CNN television, has been published in Professional Photographer, RangeFinder and Parent magazines and is on display nationally and internationally.   He is sought after to teach seminars revealing his unique and special approach to portraiture.   Thomas' vision is to create meaningful portrait collections that will motivate and inspire people, and he accepts outside commissions for both corporate and non-profit organizations.   He is co-creator and photographer of Souls:  Beneath and Beyond Autism which was awarded the Autism Society of America's "Literary Work of the Year" for 2003.   For more information visit and

Founded in 1991, Anatomically Correct is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to showcasing works by artists in alternative spaces in a combined effort to educate, diversify, and promote community awareness of the visual and performing arts.   

All artwork available for purchase.