July 20, 2005
The Mount Olive Kiwanis supported Garden Academy's 2nd Annual Golf Outing at North Jersey Country Club in Wayne, NJ, on July 11, 2005. Rita Hilbert and Brian Siegelwax were among 20 volunteers present, and Bob Scirocco of Robert A. Scirocco Associates and David Jones of Jones Estate Cleanouts were hole sponsors. In total there were over 60 golfers and over 120 guests, and over $25,000.00 was raised.
Garden Academy Trustee Lea Riotto and Kiwanis President Brian Siegelwax
Garden Academy is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization that is opening a school for autistic children in Essex County in late 2006. It is committed to helping students develop skills necessary to realize their full educational potential and to become integral and functional members of the family and the community. For more information, visit www.gardenacademy.org or call 973-744-4434.
Autism is a disability characterized by severe and pervasive impairment in several areas of development: reciprocal social interaction skills, communication skills, or the presence of stereotyped behavior, interests and activities. Impairments usually manifest before the age of 3 and knows no ethnic, racial, or socio-economic boundaries. Recent estimates by the CDC indicate that 1 in every 166 children born in the United States will be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Without immediate and intensive intervention started as early as possible, many will end up needing special services for the rest of their lives and cost taxpayers millions over an individual's lifespan.
For information on the Mount Olive Public Library, visit www.mopl.org or call Rita Hilbert at 973-691-8686.
For information on Jones Estate Cleanouts call Dave Jones at 973-347-1725.
For information on Robert A. Scirocco Associates, Counselors at Law, visit www.mtolivekiwanis.org or call Club President Brian Siegelwax at 973-713-5839.