Gandhi once said “Be the change you seek in the world.” The employees of Abt Electronics have recently held a variety of fundraisers and events for “For Autistic Kids,” a foundation that the Abt family established to raise awareness and understanding of autism. This disorder affects 1 out of 150 children each year. One of the fundraisers were “Denim Days,” where employees participated by wearing their most fashionable denim to work and making a donation to the foundation. In addition, polos, windbreakers, golf balls and sweaters with the “For Autistic Kids” logo were available for purchase. A decadent bake sale took place in the morning of Friday, July 10th giving employees the option of delicious chocolate cake or scrumptious lemon cake to purchase. The event was a tasteful success! That afternoon, dozens of Abt employees and their friends and families gathered for a 5k walk-a-thon. Participants carried their spirit on their sleeves by forming teams, making badges to wear and some even made themed shirts. This event was not just a healthy step for a great cause, but it also gave employees an opportunity to connect with fellow coworkers. The walk-a-thon ended with a finish line BBQ, celebrating our efforts and accomplishments.
Some of the participants from the 5k walk-a-thon
The above mentioned events led up to the 8th Annual Golf Benefit that took place Monday, July 13th at the Glen View Club. The day was broken up into a morning flight and an afternoon flight, with a dinner and silent auction in the evening. Golfers had the opportunity to participate in the Hole-In-One Shoot Outs with prizes such as $750,000, a Harley Davidson motorcycle or Porsche vehicle.
Glenview Club in Golf, Illinois
Best Team Ball 1st Place Winners – Total Score 54
Michael Sperling (Sun-Times News Group), Dave Martin (Sun-Times News Group), Willie Abt, Ken Kadis (Mitsubishi) and John Smith (Mitsubishi)
Silent Auction Benefiting The For Autistic Kids Foundation
Thank you to everyone who supported and participated in the fundraisers and the golf benefit. Collectively, we can all make a difference. To visit the For Autistic Kids website click here. –By Maral A.