Choate Construction Partners with Autism Strong Foundation for Charity Family Festival Benefiting Local Autism Community

August 20, 2021

CHARLOTTE, NC  August 20, 2021. Choate Construction is excited to announce its partnership with nonprofit, Autism Strong Foundation (ASF). The partnership will kick off with BuildStrong, a family-focused festival benefitting local children with autism.

“We teamed up with Autism Strong because they are Charlotte-based, locally funded, and support families in the Queen City,” said John Dudas, Division Manager at Choate Construction.

The event is making waves as Charlotte’s first-ever family festival to not only benefit autism, but to include a full hour prior to the event start when children with autism can attend with no sensory overload. Planning to host more than 300 individuals, the event will take place at Symphony Park in SouthPark on Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

In addition to family-friendly activities, the event will host a cornhole tournament on the amphitheater stage. Festival goers can enjoy music, lawn games, bounce houses, and get a close-up look at construction equipment. Tickets include mouth-watering BBQ plates from Noble Smoke and Suffolk Punch craft beer (21+). Children 6 and under are free with an accompanying adult ticket holder.

“We felt like we were called upon to do something for the community. With BuildStrong, we have the opportunity to make a huge impact and help families here in Charlotte,” said Rudy Thoms, Founder of Autism Strong Foundation.

All funds raised are mindfully donated to the local community in the way that will make the greatest impact, connecting families and children to the resources they desperately need.

Anyone interested in getting involved as a sponsor, member of the press, or volunteer should contact For more information about the BuildStrong Festival and ticket sales please visit

About Choate Construction

As one of the largest general contractors in the Southeast, Choate Construction Company understands that success is driven by successful relationships and Reputation is Everything. Choate Construction excels in both ground-up and interior construction with six offices across the region, including Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Raleigh, Savannah, and Nashville.  Please visit for more information.

About Autism Strong Foundation

Inspired by their son, Landon, who was diagnosed with autism just shy of two years old,

local parents, Becky and Rudy Thoms decided to take their motivation one step further. In August 2016, they formed the Autism Strong Foundation as a charitable organization. Founded on faith and led by inclusion, their mission is to provide the strongest support, community and hope for those touched by autism. Autism Strong Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Tax ID #81-3459371. Please visit for more information.


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