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A night to remember...
Experience Tropical Nights 2019!
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Sail aboard with us...
Enjoy a Night on the SeaFair Miami!


This years event will be held once again on the SeaFair Miami Yacht on Saturday, April 27, 2019. We are delighted to invite you to join us for this year’s special celebration as we celebrate the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism & Related Disabilities’ (UM-NSU CARD) Tropical Nights 2019!

Countdown to Tropical Nights 2019

April 27, 2019

The Community Leadership Award is given annually to a prominent community leader who has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to building a better world for those with disabilities in our community.

The Cruz-Whitehurst Advocacy Award which is named after two of UM-NSU CARD’s most ardent supporters and true beacons of hope and inspiration, Michelle Cruz and Marie-Ilene Whitehurst.

We are both parents of young adults with autism, and UM-NSU CARD has been there as our guide every step of the way.  UM-NSU CARD supports the complex needs of all those individuals with autism and related disabilities in our community, along with their families, schools, and providers.

For your convenience we have provided answers to many of our most frequently asked questions. Everything from event and parking information to what's the attire for the evening.

2019 Artist

Lance Joseph Hondrade is a 16-year old digital artist who dreams of becoming part of the cybersecurity profession someday. Diagnosed with ASD in his early childhood years, Lance demonstrated that with sheer determination, he was able to extend his creative skills to the performing arts as a hiphop dancer, as a drumline player and as a self-taught audio mixer. He considers it an extraordinary adventure to be chosen as the feature artist for the 2019 UM-NSU-CARD Tropical Nights.