ARI Raises Nearly $19,000 to Support Autism Awareness from a Silent Auction Fundraiser
ARI recently held a silent auction fundraiser that raised more than $19,000 in support of autism awareness. The company’s executive leadership, along with our directors, managers and many of our business partners, donated more than 85 different gifts and prizes that were raffled off over a series of days in June. From tickets to upcoming area shows like Bruce Springsteen, to a third generation iPad, to gift certificates to Skydive Philadelphia, to a multitude of gift cards for retailers like Target, Starbucks and Best Buy, there was a little something for everyone and more than 200 employees participated in vigorous on-line bidding to support a good cause.
Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. In March 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report that concluded that the prevalence of autism has risen to 1 in every 88 births in the United States and almost 1 in 54 boys. It is the fastest growing developmental disability, but studies show that an early diagnosis and intervention can lead to significantly improved outcomes.
ARI has a strong culture of community service and of giving back, stemming directly from the company’s founder, Steward Holman. Throughout the year, the company and its employees participate in a wide variety of community events, including the annual United Way campaign, the MS150 Bike Ride to support the National MS Society, the March of Dimes March for Babies and Habitat for Humanity among others. All of the proceeds from this most recent fundraising effort will go directly to support autism awareness.