As a nonprofit organization, New Avenues depends upon support from the community to achieve our mission.  Since 2015, our annual Applause events have helped us raise over $350,000 in funds to support the amazing people we serve.

Taking place at a rotating event space each fall, Applause gathers friends, supporters, family members, and the individuals we serve for a fun and inspiring night filled with food, drinks, music and dancing, a keynote speaker, auctions, raffles, a wine pull and more—all as we celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities and honor the work of those who advocate for them. Support for this event helps us ensure that people with Down Syndrome, autism, and other disabilities are empowered to live independently, enjoying lives that are fulfilled and successful.

2020: Applause at the Grand Carousel


Dear friends of New Avenues:
For the last five years, we have been blessed through your generosity to have raised over $350,000 through our annual APPLAUSE gala. New Avenues’ Fundraising Committee has been working diligently to produce yet another fabulous APPLAUSE event for 2020 to support our very special clients. Unfortunately, due to these very difficult times and an unpredictable future, we are forced to cancel APPLAUSE this year.
The need to carry on with our critically important work continues despite the current environment. New Avenues depends heavily on fundraising from APPLAUSE. Since we must cancel our only fundraising event of the year, we need to ask for your continued support. As you well know, to keep our country safe and reduce the spread of the virus, many businesses have closed resulting in a severe economic downturn. In an effort to reinvigorate our economy, the Federal government has sent out stimulus checks. If you are fortunate enough to be relatively unaffected by the economic downturn, please consider donating a portion of your stimulus money, no matter the amount, to helping people with disabilities.

If you would like to donate online, you can click on the "Donate" button at the top of the screen to access our online donation page. Donations by check can be mailed to: 

New Avenues to Independence
17608 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44112
ATTN: Resource Development

We truly believe that we are all in this together and we will be a stronger and more loving community and nation because of this experience. With your help, New Avenues will continue to ensure that people with Down Syndrome, autism and other disabilities are empowered to live independent, fulfilling and successful lives.
We are grateful for your consideration and continued support.
Stay well and be safe.

Karen Knavel

Chief Executive Officer

2019: Applause at the La Salle

Presented by

Saturday, September 28th, 2019, 6:00—10:00 PM

The La Salle Theatre, Cleveland

821 East 185th Street

Cleveland, OH 44119

View the full photo album here.


17608 Euclid Ave

Cleveland, OH 44112


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2018 New Avenues to Independence, Inc.