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O’Fallon firefighters support Autism Awareness Month

On Saturday, April 23, the O’Fallon Firefighters Community Outreach Group organized a wiffle ball tournament and barbecue held at Yellowbatz, owned by the Penalty Box in O’Fallon.

“We received a tremendous amount of support from the community and local businesses alike,” said Assistant Chief Brian Moore.

All proceeds from T-shirt sales and the tournament benefited The Center for Autism Education in O’Fallon. The center opened in 2002 as a school for individuals in grades K-12 with autism and other developmental disabilities. A day program for adults began in 2006.

Today, the center boasts three locations and serves approximately 120 families – preschoolers to adults – in various programs.

“We want to make sure every individual is learning to their fullest potential,” said Angie New, the center’s executive director. “We also want them to have the best quality of life, not only for the individual but for their families.

“The firefighters’ fundraiser is perfect timing with April being Autism Awareness Month. We really appreciate their support of our center and the individuals and families we serve.”

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