As the parent of a child on the autism spectrum, I am very appreciative of the work done by Ernie Els to raise awareness and money for the condition.
This year’s Charity Pro-Am raised $1.2 million for the Els for Autism Foundation. Els was able to corral twenty-two of his friends for the event, including Rory McIlroy, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Keegan Bradley, K.J. Choi, Luke Donald, Jason Dufner, Ian Baker Finch, and Brooks Koepka. The seventh annual event was sponsored by Cigar Aficionado and Wine Spectator Magazines, with support from Bacardi, Banfi, Brown-Forman, Campari America, Charmer-Sunbelt, Diageo, Deutsch & Sons, Giuliani Partners, Glazer’s, Millennium Management, Moët Hennessy USA, Pernod Ricard, PGA National, Republic National Distributing, SAP USA, Sebonack Golf Club, Southern Wine & Spirits, Stonehage and Terlato Wines.
The Els Center of Excellence, which should open this fall, is a school that will serve as a hub of education and information for autism.
If only there had been something like that around for us when my son was younger.
The full press release follow: