NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Drive for Autism XVI, the 2017 edition of a golf tournament that -- since 2002 -- has donated more than $600,000 to educational facilities for students with autism, will be held September 18 at Royce Brook Golf Club. The event is run by the Drive for Autism Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization based in New Providence.

The event consists of a morning round of golf followed by a barbecue. Special events include golf contests, raffles and a silent auction of sports memorabilia, game tickets and golf trips and other items.

Previous beneficiaries of grants were Young Life (greater Summit area), Morris Union Jointure Commission (New Providence), Salt Brook School (New Providence), AW Roberts School (New Providence),Union County Educational Services Foundation/Crossroads School (Westfield), Educational Partnership for Instructing Children (Paramus), Eden II / Genesis Programs (Staten Island), Spectrum360 formally The Children’s Institute (Verona and Livingston),and Seton Foundation/Mother Francheska Elementary School (Staten Island).

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Grant recipients use money to fund Health and Fitness Programs, Social Skills Programs, educational curriculum and teacher training, a van for community trips and transportation to job training centers, laptop computers, computer touch screens, iPads, video projectors and educational toys and games.

The golf event is the main fundraising function for the Foundation. For more information and registration information, visit driveforautism.org, call 908-451-8033 or contact driveforautism@comcast.net.

Royce Brook Golf Club is located at 201 Hamilton Road in Hillsborough Township.