Sock Fashion Show in June to help fight autism

Catalina A. Manan-Kalasic. From

LOGAN — One out of 40 children under eight years-old is diagnosed with autism and northern Utah and southern Idaho have some of the highest occurrences in the nation, according to the Catalina LOVY Foundation.

On KVNU’s For the People program on Tuesday, Executive Director Jorge Manan-Moreno said of those children only a fraction get help.

The problem is that only 24.5 percent of those children are getting services,” he explained.

The real problem is the lack of services for those children and families.

To assist local families, the Catalina LOVY Foundation offers Autism services therapy in the form of Early Intervention, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Family and Professional Training and Home and School Intervention.

The Foundation, based in Smithfield, is a 501C-3 non-profit. As a fundraiser, next month they are sponsoring a Sock Fashion Show on June 17th at 6 p.m. at Logan High School.

“A local company (Socks Walts USA, LLC) donated, like, 500 socks, and so we have to find 500 people! You get to the show there, we give you a pair of socks, you walk (on) the cat walk, you keep the socks and then you can win prizes.”

There will also be Zumba, food and dance at the event. You can register by calling 435-881-5951.

The foundation is named after Jorge’s daughter Catalina who would be 20 this year.

She graduated from Franklin County High School in Preston and had been working with special needs and autism patients. After working three shifts in a row she fell asleep while driving home.

“She was going back home when she had a car accident in Logan (on) 10th West (and) Airport Road and she passed away. And so, after that, we exchanged our tears for service and do what Catalina told us to do with true love and joy.”

You can find out more about the organization at

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1 Comment

  • Kramer May 17, 2023 at 3:23 pm Reply

    So cool!!!

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