NY Celebrity Golf Challenge Raises $1,200,000
Autism Speaks’ Ninth Annual NY Celebrity Golf Challenge on June 18, 2007, raised $1,200,000 and brought out celebrities from the entertainment and sports world, including actor Richard Kind and Dateline NBC’s Stone Phillips.
Held at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., the golfing event included a million-dollar shootout, as well as a dinner reception with an exciting silent and live auction, featuring faithful and tireless auctioneer, Mike Kenny.
Also on hand to help raise funds for autism research, awareness and advocacy were actor Gregg Bello; TheNFL on CBS‘ Play-by-Play Announcer Don Criqui; Kansas‘Drummer and Manager Phil Ehart; Banfield & Ford: Courtside’s Co-anchor Jack Ford; Fox 5’s meteorologist Nick Gregory; Late Show with David Letterman’s Announcer Alan Kalter; CNBC’s Squawk Box Co-Anchor Joe Kernen; former NFL cornerback Jeremy Lincoln; Today In New York’s Sports Anchor Otis Livingston; CNBC Business News’ Managing Editor Tyler Mathisen; musician and producer Brendan O’Brien; NY1’s The Call Host John Schiumo; former Giants and 49’ers quarterback Jesse Palmer; former pro golfer Dr. Travis Fox; and musician Tyrone Vaughan.
2007 Winged Foot Golf Tournament Sponsors and In-Kind DonorsTOURNAMENT SPONSORS($50,000)
Patricia & Brian Kelly
Suzanne & Bob Wright
MILLION-DOLLAR SHOOTOUT SPONSOR ($25,000)
HSBC Global Markets
PRIZE SPONSOR ($25,000)
Rock Ridge Advisors
PUTTING SPONSORS ($15,000)
Dani & Ted Virtue
Disney and ESPN Media Networks
DRIVING RANGE SPONSOR ($15,000)
ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR ($15,000)
GOLD SPONSORS ($10,000)
Bank of America
Bear Stearns & Co. Fixed Income Division
Cassin Cassin & Joseph LLP
Columbia Presbyterian Neurosurgery
De Novo Legal
Fairfield Metro Center, A Blackrock Realty LLC Enterprise
Hess Energy Trading Company
Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners
Lydian Asset Management
Ospraie Management, L.P
Plaza Linen Service
Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
The Bernstein Company
The Broder Family
Univision Communications, Inc.
SILVER SPONSORS ($7,500)
American Commodities Brokerage Company Bear Stearns
Countrywide Capital Markets
GE Commercial Finance
Raymond R. Konopka Jr. Foundation
Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP
Doug Dunnan & Tim O’Neil
FRIENDS ($500 – $10,000)
Hickory & Tweed
The Andrew M. Paul Family Foundation
Ellen & Joseph Kaidonow
Neal B. Leonard
Janine & Michael Smith
Deborah & James Walker
Lisa & Mark Walsh
IN KIND DONORS
Alease Fisher Designs
Bradford Renaissance Portraits
Castle on the Hudson
Vanessa and Matt Diserio
Andy and Melissa Fisher
Ian Londin Photography
Jim Dawson and Associates, Inc.
Lash Extensions by René
Molly Pitcher Inn
Niche Media LLC.
Park Avenue Medical Spa
Performance Flight NY
S.A. Chrobak LTD Photographic Artists
Saratoga Spring Water Company
Sheila Kelley’s S Factor
United States Tennis Association
Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid.
ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.
The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t work. In study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work.
What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.
The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth.
The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome.
This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.
Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.
Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.
Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.