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Rotary gives $1,000 to local autism center
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Rotary Club of Richmond Hill President Aimee Harris, left, presents recently a $1,000 check to Jeanette Orr of the Autism Support Corner. (Provided)

At the weekly Rotary meeting April 28 at the Richmond Hill City Center, members presented a $1,000 check to Autism Support Corner President Jeanette Orr, whose 8-year-old daughter, Angel Orr, was diagnosed with autism as a young child.

The Autism Support Corner was founded in Richmond Hill in October 2009 as a not-for-profit organization committed to supporting families affected by autism. This group works with the community and school district to provide better knowledge and understanding of autism, which is estimated to affect one out of every 110 children in the United States.

“We are truly thankful to the Rotary Club for such a wonderful donation,” Orr said. “The Autism Support Corner is in the process of hiring a grant writer, as we need grant money to help families afford much-needed therapy.

“Behavioral therapy alone can cost up to $135 an hour, and this donation of $1,000 will be used toward obtaining our grant writer.”

For more, pick up a copy of the May 4 edition of the News.

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