Autism Speaks was presented with a check for $207,002 by its corporate partner Modell’s Sporting Goods Monday night during the New York Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals series opener at Yankee Stadium. The donation represented the most funds ever raised by Modell’s, a longtime supporter and corporate partner of Autism Speaks for over eight years.
Modell’s presented the check to Autism Speaks Chief Officer of Development and Strategy Alec Elbert on field prior to the start of the opener to cheers and applause from baseball fans.
“We are extremely grateful to Modell’s Sporting Goods for their efforts and funds raised for the autism community over the years,” said Elbert. “We encourage everyone to visit Modell’s and show their support for all of the years Modell’s has partnered with the autism community. The continued support Modell’s has given the autism community and awareness they have brought into their stores has raised much needed funds into the causes, treatment and prevention of autism. We can’t thank Modell’s and the New York Yankees enough for aiding in this presentation to Autism Speaks! Our partnership with Modell’s has been extremely beneficial and it has been inspirational to see all the hard work that they do on behalf of the autism community.”
This year’s month-long fundraising campaign during Autism Awareness month in April consisted of a donation ask by Modell’s employees at the counter when customers checked out. Modell’s staff also wore co-branded T-shirts and buttons in support of the campaign all month long.
In addition, Modell’s threw out co-branded T-shirts to spectators during a Brooklyn Nets NBA game and a New York Mets MLB game in April, and held a meet-and-greet with Brooklyn Nets player Reggie White at its flagship store outside the Barclay’s Center to raise additional funds for Autism Speaks.
Since Modell’s and Autism Speaks launched their partnership, which focuses on the April fundraising campaign during Autism Awareness month, the sporting goods chain has raised nearly $1 million in support of Autism Speaks and the autism community.
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