“We are grateful to have the support of Subaru of America and Ramsey Subaru. Thank you to the staff, friends, family and loyal customers who supported the campaign,” said Dina Schwab, Autism Speaks Executive Director, New Jersey.
The donations were raised from November 21, 2013 until January 2, 2014. The Subaru Share the Love Event allowed Subaru to donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased to the customer’s choice of charities. These charities included the ASPCA®, Make-A-Wish®, Meals On Wheels Association of America, National Park Foundation and Teach For America. Autism Speaks was the sixth organization chosen by Ramsey Subaru. All proceeds will support Autism Speaks’ work, both locally and nationally, to increase awareness about autism, fund innovative autism research and family services, and advocate for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
This announcement comes on the eve of Autism Speaks’ Light It Up Blue campaign. Each April 2, Autism Speaks celebrates Light It Up Blue along with the international autism community, in commemoration of the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism. In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part to Light It Up Blue. To learn more about Light It Up Blue, please visit www.liub.autismspeaks.org
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed nearly $200 million to research and developing innovative resources for families.