Auto dealers support Rich Center for Autism

Officials with the Automobile Dealers Association of Eastern Ohio presented a $47,000 check on Tuesday to the Rich Center for Autism.

The money was raised during a charity auction the dealers group holds each year.

Educators and staff at the center are currently working with 65 children with the disorder.

Lisa Long, associate director of development with the Rich Center for Autism, said the school doesn’t charge tuition, and the funds will help to ensure continued programming.

“This will help make sure that these kids can continue to go to school year round and continue to get the specialized care and education that they need,” said Long.

This is the second year the dealers have picked the Rich Center for their efforts.

“The individual dealers have their own personal charities. This is something we do as an organization,” said ADA Vice President Steve Chos.

In the 15 year history of their charity auction, the dealers group has raised more than $570,000.

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