Best Dressed Man Event Warms Hearts


It’s going to be a wonderful holiday season for a family with an autistic loved one. The Best Dressed Man in Rockaway, Owen Loof’s fundraising event on November 16 was a hit that warmed hearts and raised funds for a great cause.

The Knights of Columbus was packed on Friday night as friends and family came to support Loof as he debuted his play, “The Missing Kiss,” where an audience member got to pick the ending. And of course, the happy ending chosen was a good fit for a night of good cheer for a good cause. Loof teamed up with Kami-Leigh Agard, founder of the Rockaway Beach Autism Families group and Rockaway Times reporter, to pull off the event that raised more than $2,000 to make the holidays extra special for a family with an autistic loved one.

With food catered by Nana’s Sauce and Elegante, musical performances by The Fabulous Wades, Squid, and The Graytrippers, plus a 50/50 raffle with half the pot donated back by the winner, and Loof’s play ending with a kiss from Olivia, the night warmed hearts, bellies and ears.

“Firstly, I would like to thank everyone for making this night possible so that I could dance with Olivia, which was the whole idea behind the night. Thank you all. It worked,” Loof laughed. “But seriously, I want to thank everyone who attended and made the night so successful. It just felt terrific to help families who are dealing with the challenges of raising autistic children. Hopefully, a night like this can help ease the stress of this challenge for some families. I just want to add that I am so happy and lucky to live in Rockaway with such great family and friends, who are always there to support one another, and of course present the best music. I love you all!”

Co-host Agard added, “It was an honor to be invited by Owen to co-organize this event and showcase Rockaway’s awesome artistic talents all in the spirit of raising autism awareness. For Rockaway Beach Autism Families, the icing on the cake is being able to bless a family with an autistic loved one with a special gift just in time for the holidays. Our goal is to keep building autism awareness and avenues for our local autistic community to soar!”