“A Round for Autism” earmarks golf to raise money and awareness for autism, a complex neurological disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships and often presents behavioral and medical challenges.
Check-in at the outing is slated for 8:30 a.m., followed by breakfast and access to the practice range. The official shotgun start is 10:30 a.m. The cocktail reception begins at 4 p.m. and is followed by dinner, clambake style off the 18th green. An awards presentation, a silent auction of golf packages and vacations and a jewelry sale hosted by Braunschweiger Jewelers of Morristown, NJ and New Providence, NJ are among the remaining evening activities.
The goal this year is to raise $100,000, says Bob Tokash, the Foundation’s board president. “Every dollar is donated to autism,” he says, noting the Foundation’s mission to provide supplementary resources for students with autism to ensure they are afforded comprehensive, quality educational programming.
“These supplementary resources will enable individuals with autism to reach their maximum potential and become independent, productive members of society,” Tokash says.
To fulfill its goals, the Foundation supports the programming and staff for two developmental learning centers in New Providence and Warren which are owned by the Morris-Union Jointure Commission (MUJC). With 29 sending constituents, the MUJC is a regional collaborative public school district that provides services and programs in supportive environments at the Warren and New Providence facilities for individuals 4 to 21 years old with autism or autistic-like behavior.
Beginning in 2014, the Foundation expanded the age range of the individuals it serves when it funded the renovation of the MUJC’s New Providence Learning Center and rented part of the state-of-the-art facility to Our House Inc. for its Over 21 program for adults with autism. The funding will enable Our House to expand its over 21 services to approximately 20 clients at the New Providence location. Adults in this program learn life and vocational skills and engage in recreational activities, volunteerism and community outreach and are encouraged to make independent choices about their lives, with support from trained and caring staff.
“We are particularly proud of our involvement with the Over 21 program, and we’re working very hard to encourage attendance so we can reach—even exceed—‘A Round for Autism’s’ $100,000 goal,” says Tokash.
“Compare one rewarding day of golf to a lifetime of challenges for individuals with autism and their caregivers,” he says. “Autism doesn’t end with childhood. It’s a lifelong commitment.”
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