Beatriz Ball Adopts Autism Awareness as Company Cause

The company will donate a portion of April sales to charity.

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Bo Maruri, the youngest of Beatriz’s 13 grandchildren.
Bo Maruri, the youngest of Beatriz’s 13 grandchildren was diagnosed with autism just before his third birthday. Now an energetic 4 ½-year old, Bo loves playing with toy cars and trucks.

New Orleans-based tableware company Beatriz Ball is adopting autism awareness as its company cause, pledging to donate a portion of all sales this month to Autism Speaks. The company is also accepting online donations.

Autism Speaks is a charity dedicated to promoting solutions for individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and advancing research and awareness.

Beatriz Ball is also designing a metal ornament and keychain featuring a puzzle piece, the symbol for autism awareness, with all profits going to the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans.

Ball’s dedication to autism awareness was inspired by her grandson, Bo, who was diagnosed with autism just before his third birthday. Now 4 ½ years-old, Bo lives with his parents in New Orleans and loves to play with toy cars and trucks. 

“That diagnosis brought both sadness and fear - fear of the unknown. What would his life be like? What would his future hold?” said Kristine Maruri, Bo’s mother. “Turns out that Bo answers those questions for us daily - his life will be great and the sky is the limit for his future!”

Bo’s parents found organizations like Autism Speaks and the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans helpful in the process of searching for the best therapies to meet his needs.

To learn more or make donations, visit

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