Autism Speaks was one of the beneficiaries of the Cleveland chapter of Our Children Making Change, thanks to Kylie Soble, a fourth grader at the Hawken School in Lyndhurst, Ohio. 200 hundred kids in the Cleveland area participated in the program, raising money with lemonade stands, talent shows and by doing chores. Each participating child proposed a charity and made a speech before a panel which then selected the charities. Kylie nominated Autism Speaks because she has an older cousin with autism. Autism Speaks was one of the four charities selected to receive a share of the $20,403.50 raised by the group, along with Juvenile Diabetes, Fiona’s Friends, and West Side Catholic Charities.
The kids who participated were honored Sunday by the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field and checks were presented to the charities. Afterwards the kids and their families were able to stick around for the Indians game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Read more on the Cleveland Indians' blog.