RADNOR, Pa.–(April 13, 2015) (BUSINESS WIRE) — PECO, Two Liberty Place, Wells Fargo Center, CBS-Philly and the Kimmel Center are a few Philadelphia landmarks lit blue for Autism Awareness Day. These buildings join a list of over 15,000 iconic structures, buildings and landmarks in more than 600 U.S. cities and 50 countries around the world that shown a bright light on Autism as a growing public health crisis, including most recently the Radnor Corporate Center where Mid-Atlantic tax firm, Global Tax Management (GTM), joined in support of this noble cause.
“The world came together with one strong voice through Light It Up Blue,” said Brett Spitale, executive director for the Greater PA Chapter of Autism Speaks. “Together, with the support of charitable business leaders like GTM, we can spread a message of compassion, understanding and hope for the global autism community. For the last seven years, GTM employees and executives have generously devoted time, talent and treasure to the cause, supporting comprehensive strategies that address the needs of those struggling with this challenging disorder.”
GTM is a devoted corporate leader for Autism Speaks in the Greater Philadelphia area. Raising more than $146,000 since 2008, the firm’s employees are highly involved as committee members, as a walk team, and as volunteers, fundraisers, and advocates. On April 12, 2015, GTM received multiple recognition awards at the 2014 Walk Now for Autism Speaks Philadelphia awards program for their outstanding support, including the Platinum Fundraiser Award and the 2014 Spirit Award.
“Autism costs the U.S. $126 billion dollars each year, and affects an estimated 1 in 68 children, but receives less than 5 percent of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases,” said Dave Laurinaitis, GTM’s President and Managing Director. “We started our support of Autism Speaks because of a personal story from one of our employees that touched our hearts, and we continue to rally for every child we see at Walk Day and every family that our donation helps through their lifelong journey on the spectrum.”
Global Tax Management members of the Philadelphia ‘Autism Speaks’ Walk Committee along with Deb Pollock, Director of Field Development for Autism Speaks, and GTM’s Managing Director, Dave Laurinaitis. From L to R: Katie Coyle, Matt McGlinchey, Deborah Pollock, Dave Laurinaitis and Sonnonedria Heaps-Duling
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About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Since its inception in 2005, Autism Speaks has committed more than $500 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.