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      Wine sales from 3 local restaurants to benefit SC Autism Society

      According to the CDC, an estimated 1 in 88 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which is a 23 percent increase since the CDC's last report in 2009 and a 79 percent increase since its first report in 2007.

      COLUMBIA (WACH) - Those who wine and dine and three Midlands restaurants Wednesday night will also be helping the South Carolina Autism Society.

      Solstice Kitchen and Wine Bar, Cellar on Greene and Mr. Friendly's New Southern Cafe are all donating a portion of their Wednesday wine sales to the society.

      ??Getting involved with this was a natural fit for our restaurants. We do charity nights at least once a month, because as a part of this community ?? we make it a priority to give back to this community,?? said Ricky Mollohan, owner of Solstice Kitchen, Cellar on Greene and Mr.. Friendly??s.

      According to the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, an estimated 1 in 88 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which is a 23 percent increase since the CDC's last report in 2009 and a 79 percent increase since its first report in 2007.

      "We will use the money to help serve the families in South Carolina, particularly in the Midlands area," said Kim Thomas, South Carolina Autism Society Vice President & Chief Program Officer. "It's a huge blessing for our community that they are willing to partner with us so we can further serve the community.

      Thomas says they will use the some of the funds to help send families send their kids to summer camp.

      "It's a great thing that they're doing with us," said Thomas.

      The night will include specials from all three of the restaurants.

      Solstice Kitchen will have a $20 wine feature. Cellar on Greene will have a wine flight featuring wines from Breaux Vineyards. Mr.. Friendly's will have wine from around the world.

      Solstice Kitchen is the only restaurant that takes reservations. Small party's will be most easily accommodated in these small dining establishments.

      "We want people to be aware of autism spectrum disorder and to feel free to call (the South Carolina Autism Society) for information if they have questions or might suspect autism," said Thomas. "We're thankful for all of the support, especially from the Midlands Community."