Police Officer Gives Back to Autism

December 16, 2011 by ABOARD · Comments Off
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TJ Burke kicks off new Frostbite 5K run/walk for Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders (ABOARD)

To see the press release for this event, click HERE.

Pittsburgh, PA. Join in the first Frostbite 5K event at North Park Boathouse, Saturday January 28th, 2012. Registration starts at 8:30 for the 10 a.m. start. Proceeds benefit the Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders (ABOARD).

TJ Burke approached the autism group with the fundraising project to “give back” to the autism community. Now holding two jobs –fulltime with State Security and Investigation services as armed private security agent, and as the 8th grade boys basketball coach at Community Day School– TJ previously worked as an autism therapist. He did this for six years in wraparound and then with adults diagnosed with Asperger syndrome as a trainer advocate. This left a lasting impression on him and a strong desire to continue helping people on the spectrum.

“TJ was very moved by his autism work and is driven to continue helping kids with autism. He is a dynamic force working to get this new event noticed by sponsors, runners and walkers. His commitment to families with autism is strong, and his energy is super high. It will be a great day!” said Lu Randall, Executive Director of ABOARD.

Those interested in sponsoring Frostbite 5K For Autism should contact TJ at tjburke.176@gmail.com or find the event on Facebook at Frostbite 5K. Register at the event website at www.valleylink1.com/frostbite5k.

ABOARD was founded as a non-profit advocacy organization in 1995. Through its Family Support Services, 62 support groups in 46 Pennsylvania counties are sponsored by ABOARD. ABOARD sends comprehensive information packets to families of newly diagnosed children and adults with autism, staffs a toll-free hotline, and maintains an up to date website. The most current information pertaining to autism is available through the free lending library of over 800 publications, a quarterly newsletter, and an informational weekly e-mail. More information, can be found at: www.ABOARD.org, or call 412-781-4116.

MEDIA CONTACTS: TJ Burke, tj.burke176@gmail.com. Phone 412-980-0085.

2012 Diversity Fellows Program

October 25, 2011 by Lu · Comments Off
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The Western Pa chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, AFP-WPA Chapter announces 2012 Diversity Fellows Program

Click HERE to Download the 2012 AFPWPA Diversity Program Press Release

The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Western Pennsylvania Chapter (AFP-WPA) is pleased to announce a call for applicants for its 2012 Diversity Fellows Program. The Diversity Fellows Program is an outreach initiative of AFP-WPA, which extends scholarship opportunities to minority and underrepresented populations for inclusion in the chapter’s membership.

AFP-WPA will select two (2) Fellows for 2012, who will receive member benefits at 8% of the cost of a regular membership. Applicants must have substantial responsibility for fundraising in their organization with at least one year of experience. Fellows will receive: admission to monthly chapter programs, a seat at the 2012 National Philanthropy Day, and attendance at the AFP Emerging Philanthropy Conference. Fellows will be recognized in chapter publications and events and will receive valuable training and professional development opportunities through AFP-WPA mentors, programs, and events.

The Diversity Fellows Program is intended to increase awareness of the mutual benefits of diversity and inclusion for chapter members, offer guidance to underrepresented fundraising professionals in achieving their career objectives, and provide mentoring, networking and professional development opportunities to minority fundraising professionals. Jeff Lukacsena, a diversity committee member guiding the selection process, stated, “The need for this program was evident through our review of current membership. It is critical for our organization to have representation across all ethnic and underrepresented backgrounds, and this program will help provide access to these populations.”

“As a visually impaired member who travels with a Seeing Eye dog, I appreciate first-hand the opportunities I have been given by the Western PA chapter of AFP. Having worked as a volunteer fundraiser for two nonprofits, AFP has afforded me the professional development and networking opportunities to advance toward my future goal of being a major gift officer for one of the guide dog schools in either the U.S. or Ireland.”

For more information about the 2012 Diversity Fellows Program and application information, visit the AFP-WPA website at www.afpwpa.org. Please e-mail and mail a completed application by November 30, 2011 to:

Jeff Lukacsena
111 Jamison Lane
Monroeville, PA 15146
Cell: (412) 558-0229; Home: (412) 824-4709

Masquerade Bowl Event to Benefit Children With Autism

May 6, 2011 by Lu · Comments Off
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Masquerade Bowl, a fundraiser to benefit children with autism and their families, is hosted by the Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders (ABOARD).


The Royal Masquerade Bowl Supports Autism Charity

May 6, 2011 by Lu · Comments Off
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The Caste Family Fund and ABOARD hosted a fundraising event at Princess Lanes/Prior’s Tap & Tavern in Whitehall on Saturday night.


Nurse-musician for inaugural autism fundraiser

April 21, 2011 by Lu · Comments Off
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Organizer of the inaugural Spring Fling for Autism, Stover, 53, of Harrison wanted to host a large event where the general public and the autism community could come together. It will benefit the Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders, known as ABOARD.


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