The Teamsters Local 25 Autism Fund provided grants totaling more than $350,000 to organizations dedicated to autism research, services and awareness – including Special Townies.
Organization leaders received the great news during a virtual Zoom presentation hosted by Teamsters Local 25 President Sean M. O’Brien. The Teamsters Local 25 Autism Fund was able to raise critical funds despite the pandemic-forced postponement of its 13th annual Gala for Autism, thanks to the generosity of sponsors and the dedication of Local 25 members and staff volunteers. Special Townies Organization, a nonprofit that works with autistic and special needs youth in the community of Charlestown, received a $10,000 grant to help support its worthwhile mission.
“It was exactly one year ago when we made the difficult decision to postpone the 13th annual Teamsters Local 25 Autism Gala,” said O’Brien. “Despite having no event and other challenges posed by the pandemic, I am happy that we have been able to fund our grantees again this year. The Teamsters Local 25 Autism Gala will be back stronger than ever and our mission will never slow down.”
“Teamsters Local 25 has always been a proud member of the Charlestown community and President Sean O’Brien has never forgotten his roots,” said Dennis MacLoughlin, of Special Townies Organization. “This grant will help the Special Townies Organization continue its mission to support our neighbors and families in Charlestown. We are grateful to have the Teamsters Local 25 Autism Fund as our partners in this.”
The Teamsters Local 25 Gala for Autism is rescheduled for January 8, 2022 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.