Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was founded in 1999 by parents of children with autism who wanted to make sure their children were supported after graduating high school. The organization has continued to grow over the years, providing a variety of programs and opportunities.

In 2022, Micki Benoit piloted Autism Breakthrough Social Skills Groups, and it is growing at an exponential rate. Groups serve a population of high functioning adults on the spectrum who are vastly underserved and in significant need of support. Social Skills Groups play a crucial role in developing the skills necessary for successful interactions, independence and relationships, as well as building self-esteem and confidence. Breakthrough currently stands as the only provider of therapeutic social skills groups for individuals ages 14 and up in the Knoxville area.



Location: Yee Haw Brewing

  • Date: September 21, 2023
  • Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Address: 745 N Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917

Event: Come support Autism Breakthrough’s Social Skills Groups by purchasing a ticket to Whiskey Business. A ticket to our fundraiser provides you access to a night filled with:

  • Bourbon tasting
  • Exploring the history of Nelson’s Brothers Whiskey
  • Games/activities
  • Socializing
  • Flavorsome Food
  • Silent Auctions & Door Prizes
  • Knowing your made a difference in the lives of teens and adults with autism

Price: $55 per ticket. 1 ticket covers the cost of 1 Social Skills Group therapy session!

Purpose: To raise funds for teens and adults to participate in Autism Breakthrough’s Social Skills Groups.

100% of the proceeds from Whiskey Business will go directly to the participants of Social Skills Groups to pay for their therapy services.

Additional Information:

  • Dress code is “come as you are” casual
  • 21 and up (ID required) to participate in tasting
  • Family/kids are welcome to the venue
  • Street & meter parking is available near the venue
  • Food will be provided
  • YeeHaw food and drink menu will be available to purchase from
  • Door prizes will be awarded QR codes will be used for donations/auction participation (bring your phone!)
  • Tasting Notes will be made available so you can document your favorite whisky/bourbon


As of May 31st, 2023:

26 active Social Skills Groups participants

Average of 3-4 new participants every month

81% of initial meet & greet meetings sign up to participate in Groups

92% Retention rate from block to block

96% of participants commit to 8-session blocks