Autism rates are increasing in the United States. More resources and organizations are needed to provide support to families facing the challenges associated with Autism. This is one reason why the Gilfix & La Poll Associates LLP law firm is a proud sponsor the Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE) and its annual golf charity event. Attorney Mark Gilfix also serves on the PACE Board of Directors.
PACE held the event at the Cinnabar Hills Golf Club in San Jose, California on September 28.
“PACE does so much incredible work that benefits individuals with autism, and their families,” said attorney Mark Gilfix of Gilfix La Poll Attorneys. “The best charities provide much-needed services to society’s overlooked members, and PACE does that right here in the Bay Area.”
Gilfix was among the many golfers who took part in the “best ball” tournament. His team completed their round with an impressive score of 68.
Afterward, Mark Gilfix served as the event emcee, and led the charity auction to help raise more money to assist local families and individuals dealing with autism.
“While it’s always fun to play golf, it’s even more rewarding to help raise money that directly helps our community’s autistic children and adults,” Gilfix said. “The auction was a roaring success, and I was so proud to have the opportunity to lead it.”
A group of concerned parents of those with autism founded the Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE) in 1989 to provide care and educational opportunities for children and adults afflicted with autism. Prior to the founding of PACE, many children with autism were place in traditional classrooms where their needs were overlooked, and their educations lagged.
Now a registered nonprofit, PACE began with 14 students in 1989 and obtained a group home in 1992. Today, PACE serves more than 60 students in preschool through 12th grades and houses 36 children and adults afflicted with autism.
PACE also offers behavioral services for Bay-Area families to help their loved ones with autism to better interact with others and lead happy, fulfilling lives.