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The Boston Teamsters BELIEVE

June 30, 2011 2 comments

Can you BELIEVE it?

We Bostonians love our sports and our beloved Bruins. Everywhere you look you can see the B’s team logo and very often it is accompanied by one word:  BELIEVE

On June 15, the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup for the first time in 39 years.  Can a night get any better than that?

Why yes, yes I BELIEVE, and now know firsthand, that it can!

The night of June 15 was an incredible night for the boys in black and gold and for all the Bruins hockey fans who BELIEVED… but it was even better for this mom from Braintree.

I attended a very special event hosted by Teamsters Local 25 at Raso’s Grille. The Teamsters Local 25 Union has worked tirelessly over the past four years to fundraise for autism research and awareness.  That night the Teamsters presented a check for $170,000 to the Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speaks!  Allow me to repeat that…$170,000!! I still don’t think the enormity of their generosity has truly sunk in yet. Here comes that lump in my throat again!

If that wasn’t enough to blow my mind, the Teamsters also wrote checks AGAIN to support Melmark New England, a school serving children with autism and a wide range of developmental disabilities, as well as to the Braintree American Little League: Challenger Baseball division.

The Teamsters generous gifts are so important to me on so many levels – as a long time volunteer for a cause that is near and dear to my heart, serving my 4th year as co-chair for The Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speaks, but most importantly as a mom of a wondrous, talented, courageous, beautiful, funny, loving little boy with autism.  And it just so happens this miraculous son of mine plays on the very same Braintree Challenger League that was also the fortunate beneficiary of The Teamsters generosity!

WHAT A NIGHT! I’m a BELIEVER…are you?

Have you hugged a Teamster lately? Go on, they won’t mind, I swear.

So as the Bruins players raised the Stanley Cup proudly above their heads and made Boston fans’ dreams come true, I raise my cup to Sean O’Brien, Trish DiSilva and all members of The Teamsters Local 25 who BELIEVE in the beauty of giving back … it’s just what they do…it’s just how they roll…their commitment and drive to make a difference is so inspirational. THANK YOU doesn’t seem adequate to convey my deepest gratitude.

I BELIEVE strongly that the Teamsters Local 25 support is paramount and critically important to our local autism community…and just like the Bruins, they make dreams come true for so many families in Greater Boston.

Do you BELIEVE in miracles?  This mom from Braintree sure does.

Trish DiSilva, Teamsters Local 25; Erica Giunta Executive Dir. of the New England Chapter of Autism Speaks; Larry Cancro, Senior VP of Fenway Affairs for the Red Sox and Chairman of the New England Chapter Board; Sean O’Brien President of Teamsters Local 25 and Director on New England Chapter Board.

It’s Championship Time – NHL Stanley Cup Fever

June 2, 2011 1 comment

At Autism Speaks – we have Stanley Cup Fever! The 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs have left us on the edge of our seat! There have been so many exciting matchups and upsets around every turn. As you may have seen, we’ve  teamed up with  the National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) to launch Face-off Against Autism, a unique digital fundraising initiative that will allow hockey fans to show their support for their favorite team and player throughout the playoffs while also supporting autism research and awareness efforts. Every fan who visits http://www.autismspeaks.org/nhl and buys at least one puzzle piece will receive a 20% discount off their next purchase at the NHL Store powered by Reebok and be automatically entered for a chance to win one of four jerseys autographed by NHL stars Alex Ovechkin, Martin Brodeur, Sidney Crosby or Henrik Lundqvist.

The finals have opened up with a bang between the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins! It was a true battle in this game – through 59 and a half scoreless minutes, the Canucks came out on top with a goal by Raffi Torres. Roberto Luongo made 36 saves in his third shutout of the postseason for the Canucks. Can Patrice Bergeron lead the Bruins to a comeback? We can’t wait to see what this series has in store!

Tell us who you are rooting for, and why in the comments after you buy your piece of the puzzle!

The NHL 2011 Conference Playoff Finals Have Begun

May 18, 2011 1 comment

The 2011 NHL Conference Finals have begun, and here at Autism Speaks, we cannot get enough of the playoff action! We have teamed up with  the National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) to launch Face-off Against Autism, a unique digital fundraising initiative that will allow hockey fans to show their support for their favorite team and player throughout the playoffs while also supporting autism research and awareness efforts. Every fan who visits http://www.autismspeaks.org/nhl and buys at least one puzzle piece will receive a 20% discount off their next purchase at the NHL Store powered by Reebok and be automatically entered for a chance to win one of four jerseys autographed by NHL stars Alex Ovechkin, Martin Brodeur, Sidney Crosby or Henrik Lundqvist.

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The Eastern Conference Final finds the  Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning going head to head! In the Western Conference Final the  Vancouver Canucks take on the San Jose Sharks.

Autism Speaks, the NHL and the NHLPA Launch Face-off Against Autism

April 19, 2011 2 comments

Autism Speaks, the National Hockey League (NHL), and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) have launched Face-off Against Autism, a unique digital fundraising initiative that will allow hockey fans to show their support for their favorite team and player throughout the playoffs, while also supporting autism research and awareness efforts.

Face-off Against Autism will highlight a key NHL player from each of the 16 playoff teams, transforming his photo into a digital puzzle. Fans can purchase individual pieces for $10.  Every fan who visits http://www.autismspeaks.org/nhl and buys at least one puzzle piece will receive a 20% discount off their next purchase at the NHL Store powered by Reebok and be automatically entered for a chance to win one of four jerseys autographed by NHL stars Alex Ovechkin, Martin Brodeur, Sidney Crosby or Henrik Lundqvist. Winners will be randomly selected at the end of the campaign.

Face-Off for a Cure

March 23, 2011 7 comments

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On Monday March 21st, over 450 guests came together at the spectacular Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to celebrate “Face-Off for a Cure: An Evening to Benefit Autism Speaks and The Gillen Brewer School” – an event in partnership with the National Hockey League.

The evening began with cocktails and a silent auction in the museum’s Great Hall, with guests bidding on items such as tickets to the 2012 Winter Classic, a jersey signed by dozens of NHL Alum players, and an All-Star branded hockey puck, signed by Rick Nash, #61. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman posed for photos with such hockey greats as Pat LaFontaine and Ken Daneyko, as well as Coach Scott Wiley of the Colgate Women’s Hockey Team.  After cocktails guests moved into the awe-inspiring Temple of Dedur in the Sackler Wing, where the light of the setting sun was simulated on the temple walls, and guests gathered to hear remarks by event emcee, NBC Nightly News Correspondent Peter Alexander.

The evening’s honorees, Frank D’Amelio, EVP, Business Operations & Chief Financial Officer, Pfizer; Brian Monihan, Senior Vice President & General Manger, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia; Andrew Robertson, President, Chief Executive Officer BBDO Worldwide; and Richard Segal, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Seavest, Inc., each addressed the crowd with mentions of their own personal relationships to autism and philanthropy. The night’s end brought a special surprise for the audience- a visit from Lord Stanley himself- The Stanley Cup- after which guests had an opportunity to make pledges towards two specific programs for Autism Speaks and The Gillen Brewer School. Face Off for a Cure raised over $1.1 million and counting.

Autism Speaks would like to thank our event Co-Chairs, Henry Schacht, Chairman, The Gillen Brewer School; Tim Solso, Chairman and CEO, Cummins Inc.; Gary Bettman, Commissioner, National Hockey League; Paul Tagliabue, Former Commissioner, National Football League; and Suzanne & Bob Wright, Founders of Autism Speaks.  We would also like to recognize our friends at the Gillen Brewer School, the NHL, the evening’s honorees, special guests and our many wonderful sponsors and patrons who supported Face Off for a Cure to make it a resounding success.

For additional coverage of the event, please visit The Wall Street Journal.


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