SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Members of the Scotch Plains PBA  Local 87 presented a check for $21,700, a figure representing the proceeds from the PBA's 35th Annual Children’s Charities Golf Classic, to Autism New Jersey on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. The golf outing was held on Sept. 28, 2020, at Shackamaxon Country Club.

"This year our PBA chose Autism New Jersey as the recipient. Autism impacts almost everyone, including members of our local PBA. Over 144 golfers and guests attended this year’s event," said Det. David Belford of the Scotch Plains police department. "With the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to make changes in the operation. With the help of Shackamaxon and our community, we were able to have one of the most successful outings to date."

Autism New Jersey is a nonprofit agency committed to ensuring safe and fulfilling lives for individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals who support them. Through awareness, credible information, education, and public policy initiatives, Autism New Jersey leads the way to lifelong individualized services provided with skill and compassion. The organization recognizes the autism community’s many contributions to society and works to enhance their resilience, abilities, and quality of life.

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"The money raised by your Scotch Plains PBA Golf Outing will make a huge difference in our budget and therefore NJ’s autism community," said Brynn Alberici, M.A., Manager of Special Events & Community Relations. "We are beyond excited and honored."

"Our outing would not be possible without the tremendous support from our community," added Det. Belford, the PBA president. "The residents and businesses come together year after year in for the event. Our sponsors extend beyond our borders as we receive donations from all over. Through the years we have donated over $210,000 for children’s charities."

"This check will help people with autism and their families get the services they need," said Ellen Schisler, Associate Executive Director, Autism New Jersey, who accepted the check on behalf of the organization. "It has been a very challenging year. This donation makes a big difference."

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