Teamsters Local 25 president Sean O'Brien announced the beneficiaries of the 5th Annual Light Up The Night, A Gala for Autism, which was held in April in Boston. On May 24, at a reception in Medford, Mass., O'Brien presented a check for $200,000 to Autism Speaks president, Mark Roithmayr and president of the New England Chapter of Autism Speaks, Larry Cancro. Honorary committee members attending included boxing legend "Irish" Micky Ward and Lisa Strout from the Massachusetts Film Office. Other non-profits attended and received donations, but Autism Speaks was honored with the majority of the funds raised.
"We are incredibly grateful to have the support of Teamsters Local 25," Roithmayr said. "Sean O'Brien has become a powerful voice and advocate for families living with autism. In addition to raising significant revenue, his leadership, passion and commitment have led to the passage of autism insurance reform legislation in Massachusetts and greater awareness in the community."
"This event gets better and better each year," Sean O'Brien said. "We have a lot of fun but at the end of the night it's all about raising money for autism. We're thrilled to be able to donate $240,000 to local autism charities."