‘Tee-off for Autism’ golf tournament raises more than $5,000 for adults with autism
More than 60 golfers hit the links for the second annual “Tee-off for Autism” golf tournament to raise money for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania’s “Bridge Fund.”
The Bridge fund is designed to help young adults – served by Devereux Pennsylvania’s Community Adult Autism Partnership Program (CAAPP) - bridge the gap between high school graduation and adult programming to ensure there is no lapse in services.
The golf tournament, organized in partnership with T.J. Schneider, was held in September at Broad Run Golfer’s Club in West Chester, Pa. The event raised more than $5,000 for adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other disabilities, up from more than $3,000 last year.
“We are thrilled with the outcome of this event and grateful to our golfers, sponsors and volunteers for helping to make it so successful,” said Devereux Executive Director of Autism Services and event co-organizer Dr. Todd Harris. “Between this golf tournament and our annual ‘Face-off for Autism’ hockey tournament, held in partnership with Shinny USA, we’ve raised more than $100,000 for our ‘Bridge Fund’ since 2012.”
Bridging the gap …
Funds raised from the golf tournament will be used to grant individualized supports and services – through CAAPP – to adults in three Pennsylvania counties (Chester, Montgomery and Delaware counties). The primary goal is to provide instruction and support across community, home and work environments to help individuals become productive, socially connected and personally fulfilled members of their local communities.
“Individuals with ASD and other disabilities receive fully-funded supports and services while they’re going to school. But when school ends – either at graduation or when the individuals turn 21 – their federally-mandated supports and services end, creating a host of issues,” explained Dr. Harris. “We want to make sure the individuals we serve can easily obtain the specialized services they need to thrive and be successful in life.”
Next up: Face-off for Autism
Get ready to drop the puck! The seventh annual “Face-off for Autism” hockey tournament – also benefitting Devereux Pennsylvania – will be held on April 13 at Ice Line in West Chester, Pa. Interested sponsors or participants should contact Dr. Todd Harris or Amanda Duffy.
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