Playing the piano at your own benefit concert at Astoria's Liberty Theater is a big deal. Playing it at age 12 with autism takes more than a little courage.

That's what Max Milander, of Seaside, will be doing this summer as a "totally nonprofit" gesture to his favorite nonprofit agencies. The son of Beth and Walt Garnett of Seaside, he is a recent recipient of the Temple Grandin Award for outstanding contributions in the autism community.

Milander wants to raise funds by May 31 for autism research, as well as for 11 other charities benefiting Clatsop County. The list includes Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Autism Research, Clatsop County United Way, Lutheran World Relief and Seaside Public Library.

Milander and his family ask the community to donate to one of the charities by sending a check made out to the nonprofit organization and sending it to Max Milander, 1210 2nd Ave., Seaside, OR 97138. More than 30 sponsors have already donated several thousand dollars. If donations to the charities are made by May 31, donors' names will appear on the concert program. The concert is set for August 6, but programs need to be printed early. For the complete list of nonprofits and for more information, call 738-2135.

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