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Spare Some for Autism Raises $25,000 at First Bowling Challenge
Awareness increases during Autism Awareness Month in April
(Raleigh, NC) April 1, 2008 – Beth Jarvis, founder of Spare Some for Autism, has announced that the organization raised $25,000 at its first Celebrity/CEO Kids Bowling Challenge. The fundraiser was held in March at AMF Pleasant Valley. Spare Some for Autism is a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with Autism.
The announcement comes as the autism community observes April as Autism Awareness Month.
Local and national celebrities and CEOs were present at the Bowling Challenge as well as children with autism and their parents. Celebrities like Glen Wesley, John Grahame, and Kevin McCarthy who are all members of the Carolina Hurricanes franchise supported the fundraiser and tried their luck at the bowling lanes. Rowdy Gaines, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming was also at the event supporting children with autism.
Beth Jarvis, executive director of Spare Some for Autism commented on Rowdy Gaines attending the event. Jarvis stated, “The positive role model that he is to young people across the country makes him a perfect addition to the Spare Some for Autism Bowling Challenge.” Jarvis goes on to state that, “The Bowling Challenge was a great way to raise autism awareness and funds to lead into Autism Awareness Month.”
Spare Some for Autism raised $25,000 through live and silent auctions and corporate sponsors. Attendees made bids on live and silent auction items like autographed sports paraphernalia. The celebrities also signed bowling pins that were sold at the silent auction.
The proceeds from the first Celebrity/CEO Kids Bowling Challenge will benefit the Wake County Public School System’s special-needs area in the form of a grant which will further their work with students who have autism.
Autism Awareness Month is in April and across the United States the autism communities are hosting events to raise money for autism and increase awareness. The message of hope is sent out each April to the families who have been exposed to autism and to spread public and national awareness about the signs of autism and how common autism is for babies and children.
About the Spare Some for Autism
Spare Some for Autism seeks to improve the quality of life for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We are dedicated to funding programs that will directly impact the individuals that suffer from ASD and allow them to achieve their highest level of independence within their home, school, and community, all while gaining respect and support for themselves. Spare Some for Autism also seeks to support families affected by ASD by educating them on such topics as literacy and coping with disabilities so that families will be better prepared to support each other. Spare some time… spare some love… spare some hope. For more information about becoming a sponsor or how to take part in the 2009 Spare Some for Autism Bowling Challenge, visit www.sparesomeforautism.org.