The planning committee for the 2013 Allied Services Heinz Rehab Annual Autism Classic met recently to plan the 20th annual tournament, which will be held on Monday, June 10th at the Huntsville Golf Club in Lehman PA with presenting sponsor Lexus MotorWorld. Proceeds will be used to treat pediatric patients with diagnoses on the autism spectrum disorder. Most autism services are not fully covered by insurance, and Allied Services Heinz Rehab Hospital provides critical rehab services for pediatric patients without regard to their parents’ ability to pay. Over the past 19 years, over $900,000 has been raised through this tournament. For the first nine years, event proceeds supported augmentative communication devices for developmentally challenged children. For the past 11 years all proceeds have supported Autism rehab services, as well as for pragmatic social groups serving children with Autism throughout the region. One such group is Parents and Professionals, which was founded by the parent of a child with autism and his therapist at Heinz Rehab, and sponsors sports, social events and an annual trip to the Philadelphia Zoo.
The Lexus Champions for Charity designation was earned by the Autism program for the fourth consecutive year. As the regional designee, Allied Services Integrated Health System conducts a regional raffle with 250 chances to win the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in the three-day Pebble Beach golf tournament.
For questions about the tournament, please call 570-348-1407.
Planning committee seated, from left: Leslie Fath, Heinz Rehab Hospital; Jim Brogna, Allied Services Foundation; William F. Anzalone, Esq., Anzalone Law Offices; Michael Raymond, Ph.D., Heinz Rehab; and Jim Partington, Lexus MotorWorld. Standing front row: John McCarthy, Wilmington Trust; Jared Widman, J.C. Widman Consulting; Mark Rowan, DPT, Heinz Rehab; Jim Brozena; Cornelia Romanowski, Jack Simpson, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; Tina McCarthy, Allied Services; Phil Straub, Hall, Mihalos & Straub; and Scott Sanderson, Esq., Sanderson Law Offices. Back row, from left: Tom Bevevino, Custom Container Solutions and Bill Conaboy, Esq., President/CEO. Absent from photo are committee members Stuart Bell, Luzerne Products; Rick Osick, Lexus MotorWorld; Stacy Otero, Lexus MotorWorld; Alex Rogers, Bedwick and Jones Printing; Doug Straub, Straub Metals; Susan C. Yelen, The Yelen Hazzouri Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; Eric Wassel, Esq., Fellerman and Ciarimboli Law Offices; and Jill Widman, Wyoming Valley West School District.