BOSTON, MA — Nearly 1,000 guests from across Massachusetts and New England attended the 12th annual Teamsters Local 25 Autism Gala on March 23 at the Boch Center in Boston. This is the marquee fundraiser for the Teamsters Local 25 Autism Fund which has raised millions of dollars for nonprofits that support people with autism and developmental delays.
“We’re proud of the contributions Teamsters Local 25 has been able to make within the autism community these last 12 years,” said Teamsters Local 25 President Sean M. O’Brien. “We’ve helped to pass insurance legislation, raise crucial funds for research and awareness, and hopefully give families with autism hope and reassurance that they aren’t alone.”
“Teamsters Local 25 has been an important advocate on autism issues through their support for organizations that provide crucial services for individuals with autism,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “I applaud their efforts and look forward to continuing to work with them on this issue.”
Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo and Larry Cancro, senior vice president/Fenway Concerts and Entertainment for the Boston Red Sox and chairman of Autism Speaks New England were honored with 2019 Essential Puzzle Piece Awards. DeLeo and Cancro were instrumental in passing the ARICA bill into law in 2010, ending private insurance companies’ discrimination against individuals of all ages diagnosed with an autism disorder.
“I am honored to receive this award that recognizes the work of the House of Representatives to stand with the autism community by protecting individuals of all ages diagnosed with autism,” said DeLeo. “Thank you to Teamsters Local 25 for their tireless efforts to raise awareness about this important issue.”
“The autism community in Boston and New England has a great supporter in Teamsters Local 25,” said Cancro. “This organization truly understands the full scope of this spectrum disorder and is dedicated to helping families lead more typical lives. As the father of an adult with autism, I’m humbled by the recognition.”
Several members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives attended to support the mission and see DeLeo receive his award, including State Rep. David Robertson (D-Tewksbury).
(NOTE: The above press release is from Teamsters Local 25.)
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