Teamsters Local 25 president Sean O’Brien on Thursday, May 3, presented more than $275,000 to 12 local autism non-profits, including a $6,000 donation to Special Townies Organization, a local organization committed to raising awareness and acceptance for children with autism.
“Local 25 is proud to have raised more than $4-million in the last eleven years for local, regional and national autism organizations,” said O’Brien. “The Special Townies Organization is Charlestown’s only recreational program for children with special needs. It’s parent and volunteer based, and everyone involved works together to not just teach these youth, but to celebrate them. We’re honored to lend a hand to this important mission.”
In addition to the Special Townies Organization, Local 25 recognized 11 other nonprofits for their work with people with autism: Autism Speaks, Boston Higashi School, Braintree American Challenger League, Jason Roberts Challenger League, Malden Challenger League, The Mark Fidrych Foundation, McLean Hospital Autism Program, Medford Invitational Tournament, Norfolk County Sheriff’s Youth Leadership Academy, Stoneham Light It Up Blue, and Technology for Autism Now.
In its 11th year, the Teamsters Local 25 Autism Fund has donated more than $4 million since its inception. Its major fundraiser is the annual Teamsters Local 25 Light up the Night Gala, which took place this year on April 21. The Gala serves as a major autism awareness vehicle as well as a critical fundraiser for local programs that help children, teens and adults with autism or developmental delays.
To learn more about Teamsters Local 25’s commitment to autism, please visit www.teamsterslocal25autism.com.