Monday, February 18, 2008

WNCN Media Sponsor of Spare Some for Autism

RALEIGH, N. C. —Spare Some for Autism, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with autism, announced that WNCN (NBC17) has agreed to be the media sponsor for the upcoming Spare Some for Autism Celebrity/CEO Kids Bowling Challenge. The event is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, March 2 at AMF Pleasant Valley. Local celebrity participants include members of the Carolina Hurricanes and CEOs from around the area. Proceeds benefit the Wake County Public School System’s special-needs area in the form of a grant to further work with autistic students.

Also participating will be Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines, who has worked with CBS, TNT and ESPN as a regular announcer for swimming and other events, and called his fourth Olympic telecast for NBC at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

“Rowdy’s support and involvement to this event and its cause will generate lots of excitement,” said Beth Jarvis, executive director of Spare Some for Autism. “The positive role model that he is to young people across the country makes him a perfect addition to the Spare Some for Autism Bowling Challenge.”

Spare Some for Autism seeks to improve the quality of life for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The organization is dedicated to funding programs that directly impact the individuals that suffer from ASD and allow them to achieve their highest level of independence within their home, school, and community, all while gaining respect and support for themselves.

WNCN (NBC17) is the NBC affiliate in the Triangle region of North Carolina.

There is no cure for autism. A new case is diagnosed in the U. S. every 20 minutes. The impact on families and the economic impact (which is expected to double in the next decade) is dramatic. This event is a way for people in the Triangle community to get involved, learn more and show their support.

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