HOPE Relay Raises More than $50,000 for Autism Services
GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (NOVEMBER 27, 2018) - The HOPE Relay, a unique run/walk experience that supports the life-changing autism services provided Project HOPE Foundation, raised a total of $50,010 this year, thanks to more than 280 donors who contributed to 33 different fundraising campaigns.
“The money raised at the HOPE Relay is critical to the work we do at Project HOPE Foundation,” says Co-Founder & Executive Director Susan Sachs. Project HOPE Foundation is a South Carolina non-profit that provides a lifespan of services to children and young adults with autism.
“The rate of autism in children has risen to 1 in 59, so the need for our services is urgent. These funds help us cover a portion of the shortfall between the reimbursement rates we receive from Medicaid and the actual cost of providing services to children and young adults with autism,” says Sachs.
400 people participated in this year’s HOPE Relay, which was held at Hartness Development on Saturday, November 17. More than 60 volunteers helped make the event possible.
"This event brings together families living with autism and the community who cares about them,” says Project HOPE Foundation Co-Founder & Executive Director Lisa Lane. “The HOPE Relay is a chance for friends, therapists, teachers and all of their supporters to come together in a show of solidarity.”
One generous donor offered to match all donations received between the start of the race (9am on November 17) and midnight on Tuesday, November 21. Nearly $7,000 in donations poured in after that announcement, adding an additional $13,990 to the fundraising total.
“The theme for this year’s HOPE Relay was ‘Friends Give HOPE’, and our community came together to embody that theme in so many ways," says Lane. “We are so thankful for the outpouring of support.”
View event photos here. (Photo courtesy: Perfect Pitch Productions)
ABOUT PROJECT HOPE FOUNDATION
Project HOPE Foundation provides a lifespan of services for the autism community, through programs that Help families, Open minds, Promote inclusion and Expand potential. We are broad in our scope, serving across ages (from two to young adults), across the spectrum of autism, and across programs (ABA therapy, classroom options, adult employment, social groups, life skills, community outreach, professional trainings). We are individualized in our approach, seeking to meet the unique needs of each specific person. Founded in 1997 by moms looking for services for their young sons with autism, Project HOPE Foundation offers programs that benefit not only the child affected with autism but also the entire family, all of whom are forever changed by this diagnosis. www.projecthopesc.org