The Greenwich Autism Alliance Foundation (GAA) held it fifth annual charity golf outing on September 26, 2011 at the Colonia Country Club in Colonia, New Jersey.
C&K contributed $7,000.00 which is GAA’s premier fundraising effort in its fight against autism. All proceeds from the event provide assistance to programs and to teachers who provide services for individuals with autism and their families. In its first four years, the GAA golf outing granted more than a quarter million dollars for it cause.
GAA attracted approximately 105 golfers to its latest outing, along with 10 major Gold and Silver sponsors donating at levels ranging from $1,500 to $5,000. Besides a day of golf, the event featured raffles, silent auction and awards. A big portion of the participation comes from the container shipping industry. The connection to GAA founder Bob and Kelly Milazzo, parents of a son with autism. Bob is the executive vice president with privately-owned Mediterranean Shippling Company (MSC), one of the leading global shipping lines of the world. And, also included is our very own, Sean McShane, Vice President of Operations of C&K Trucking, L.L.C. Sean has been on the board since the foundation began.
“The heart-felt support from associates, friends, acquaintances, and strangers who are equally moved to support children with autism has been very humbling,” said Bob.
“Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S., yet it receives less than five percent of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases,” continued Kelly. “We are so appreciative of Thermo King’s sponsorship and the participation this event draws, as well as the services and funding it allows GAA to provide.”
According to the GAA website, autism remains a health crisis. The statistics have worsened and autism is the second most common developmental disorder in the United States affecting one in every 110 children born; 1 in 60 boys in New Jersey is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. GAA’s work strive to improve the lives of people affected by autism, and more importantly, to reach beyond the confines of autism and start to change attitudes that have traditionally created barriers for people with autism.
Find out more about Greenwich Autism Alliance Foundation at: www.greenwichautismalliance.org