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Autism Speaks Raises Over $1 Million at its Thirteenth Annual Celebrity Golf Challenge at Winged Foot

On Monday, June 20, Autism Speaks teamed up with television personalities, sports stars, and other local supporters to help raise much needed funds for autism research and services at the Thirteenth Annual Celebrity Golf Challenge. Autism Speaks Co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright and event Co-chairs Susan and Kevin Murray spearheaded the day-long golf outing at the world- renowned Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

Special guests included N.Y. Giants superstar quarterback Eli Manning and linebacker Michael Boley, along with former N.Y. Giants players Howard Cross and Billy Ard; former N.Y. Jets cornerback Bobby Jackson, former NFL player Corey Louchiey, University of Connecticut Hall of Fame Coach Jim Calhoun, “Spin City” and “Mad About You” actor Richard Kind, golf pro Jerome Andrews, NBA Hall of Famer Gail Goodrich, former NBC sports anchor Len Berman, Brothers McMullen star Michael McGlone, and CBS “Early Show” co-host Chris Wragge, all of whom participated Autism Speaks longest running golf event.

The Thirteenth Annual Celebrity Golf Challenge featured foursomes paired with the local celebrities and athletes for an exciting day of golf. The tournament concluded with a dinner reception and an exciting live and silent auction – which highlighted items like tickets to the November premiere of Breaking Dawn and after party (the latest in vampiric mega series Twilight), a trip to top vacation destinations – Belize, Cabo San Lucas, and packages funding Autism Speaks’ family services and translational research initiatives. One lucky guest took home a 2011 Subaru Outback after successfully shooting a hole-in-one!

Through the generous sponsorship of companies like BNY Mellon, MKP Capital Management, Amherst Securities Group, Bill Finneran, BlackRock, Inc., Cantor Fitzgerald, Carlson Capital, L.P., Ellington Management Group, LLC, Jack Schneider, RBS Global Banking & Markets, Suzanne & Bob Wright, Ramsey Frank among others; and through big-hearted individual guest and auction donations, the 2011 event raised over $1 million for autism research, advocacy and family services, exceeding last year by over $100,000.

Autism Speaks wishes to thank Susan and Kevin Murray and all participants who helped make the Thirteenth Annual Celebrity Golf Classic one of our best to date.

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  1. Katherine
    June 21, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Thank you to all the celebrities who donate their time and money. thank yo to all the corporations who donate as well. I am again asking why there is no help from any of these Atism organizations for us, families with autism? Where does all that money go if you are not helping us??????

  2. Dadvocate
    June 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Katherine – I fear you may be misinformed. The funds Autism Speaks raises through Walks and events like the Celebrity Golf Challenge does help families with autism in many, many ways. Thousands across the country now have insurance coverage for therapy due in no small part to the efforts of Autism Speaks insurance reform initiatives. The 100 day kit, school community toolkit, transition toolkit, and Autism Response Team have helped thousands of people access better services. The Autism Treatment Network is revolutionizing how the medical profession treats ASD’s.

    AS efforts in DC to get the Combating Autism Act passed (which many are working hard right now to get reauthorized) has resulted in a huge uptick in federally funded research to help discover therapies and perhaps a cure for some on the spectrum. Many in our community don’t appreciate how little research was taking place just a few years ago. Back in those dark days all of the rare research initiatives were funded by parents without deep pockets. As evidence, scientists and researchers attending IMFAR, the leading worldwide conference on autism research, numbered 200 a decade ago. This year they had 10 times as many because significant research funds are finally flowing into the field, including AS research grants.

    Family Services Community Grants are going to local organizations who are providing direct services to people with autism, perhaps in your own community. You can look it up here: http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/grants

    Much more needs to be done, of course, but I think AS is doing a great job leveraging the voices of families to get better services and support while still funding critical research and raising awareness (which are main missions of the organization).

  1. June 23, 2011 at 12:52 pm

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