From left: Jaden Tilley, Tom Glynn, Jack Heim, Diane Van Derwater, Julie Glynn, Noah Harris
For the fifth year in a row, The Autism Center at Ontario ARC received a $10,000 donation from the New York Bird Dog Series in conjunction with the New Jersey Gun Dog Championships. The groups’ generous donations, totaling $50,000 over the past five years, support a fully integrated summer camp experience for children on the autism spectrum.
Tom Glynn, Canandaigua resident and founder of the New York Bird Dog Series and Jack Heim, founder of the New Jersey Gun Dog Championships, donate the proceeds from their Player’s Championship Tournament, held annually in Leicester, NY, to support The Autism Center at Ontario ARC.
“Thanks to the New York Bird Dog Series/New Jersey Gun Dog Championship’s generosity, children with autism will get an opportunity to attend summer camp and experience all the fun, unique activities, friendships and life long memories that can only be gained by attending summer camp,” said Diane Van Derwater, Clinical Services Manager at Ontario ARC. “We are truly grateful for their generous, continued support.”
In 2010, The Autism Center partnered with 4-H Camp Bristol Hills to give children with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, including autism the opportunity to connect with their peers while building upon their communication and social skills during weekdays in July. The agency also provides in-depth training to camp staff so they are equipped to support and guide campers.