Jersey Shore star Jenni “JWoww” Farley celebrated the start of Autism Awareness Month at KultureCity’s Hero Kulture Gala on April 4. Many of Jenni’s Jersey Shore: Family Vacation castmates were there to support her. Learn more about the gala, a first for the nation’s leading nonprofit focused on sensory inclusion. Plus, details about Jenni’s work with the organization.
‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’ cast celebrates and honors autistic heroes
KultureCity believes individuals, regardless of their disabilities, deserve to acceptance and inclusion. Their programs focus on helping people with Autism, PTSI, Down Syndrome, anxiety, and other sensory needs. The organization’s first gala took place in New York City with many Jersey Shore: Family Vacation cast members in attendance.
Mike “The Situation” and Lauren Sorrentino, Deena Cortese, Chris Buckner, and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi were there to support Jenni, a KultureCity board member. Her finacé Zack “24” Carpinello was also in attendance, as were her two children.
In 2018, Jenni’s son Greyson Mathews was diagnosed with Autism. Since then, Jenni has been an advocate working toward autism acceptance and sensory inclusion in public venues. During the event, Jenni gave an impactful speech about Greyson’s journey. She stressed the importance of sharing his story to help families know people are fighting to make the limits limitless.
The KultureCity board has become another ‘family’ for the ‘Jersey Shore’ star
In June 2021, Showbiz Cheat Sheet spoke with Jenni about her work on the KultureCity board. “It was such a meant-to-be situation,” the reality star explained. “It’s such an incredible organization. I call it a family.”
Jenni continued: “Inclusion is our number one priority, especially with my son. [KultureCity] came into my life when Greyson had a really bad experience at an airport.” She recalled a “freak-out moment” Greyson experienced in the Orlando airport after being unable to understand TSA, waiting in line, and other common security measures.
“He was non-verbal at the time,” Jenni elaborated. “When our flight was delayed, he just lost it. I didn’t know how to handle the situation. Everyone just stared and it was so uncomfortable.” That’s when Jenni found KultureCity and joined what she calls their “family.”
Jenni ‘JWoww’ Farley’s previous support of KultureCity
The gala isn’t the first KultureCity event Farley has participated in, nor will it be the last. In December 2021, Jenni attended the opening of the Greyson Mathews Sensory Room at the Barclays Center in New York City. The space is for individuals with sensory processing sensitives or those who need a quieter, more secure environment during major events.
“This is such a proud moment for my entire family,” Jenni told us via email. “For KultureCity and Barclays Center to join forces, we are creating sensory accessibility and inclusion for those with invisible disabilities. Greyson and so many others are now able to attend the Barclays Center worry-free. I am incredibly honored and grateful for everyone at KultureCity and Barclays Center who helped make this happen.”
The second half of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation Season 5 is still filming. So, fans could get a closer glimpse at the gala in future episodes of the MTV series. Learn more about Jenni’s work with KultureCity.