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On May 3, actress-comedian Kim Coles will emcee a fundraiser for the Learning Spring Elementary School at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Palm House.

Coles, a Brooklyn native who attended Brooklyn Technical High School in Fort Greene, is lending her talents to a benefit for the Manhattan-based elementary school, which pioneers and advances educational opportunities for high-functioning kids with Asperger’s syndrome (autism), non-verbal learning disabilities and other neuro-cognitive disorders.

The 33-year-old veteran of "Mad TV," "Living Single," "Frasier" and VH-1’s "Most Wanted Bodies" will be joined by guest speaker, Dawn Prince-Hughes, author of the 2004 memoir "Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism."

The "Learning Spring Garden Gala," includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres beginning at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner. Among the items up for bidding at the silent auction are dinner for four with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz at the Water Club, a painting by Rosie O’Donnell and Broadway tickets.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is located at 900 Washington Ave. at Eastern Parkway in Prospect Heights. For ticket information, call (718) 398-2400. For more information about the Learning Spring Elementary School, visit the Web site at

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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