Last updated: July 17. 2013 1:44PM - 441 Views
ROGER ALFORD Associated Press Writer

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Rachel Baldwin

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BUFFALO MOUNTAIN - A fun-filled, family event is planned for the first weekend in June that will benefit the families of local children suffering from Autism.

According to event organizer, Judith Stepp, whose son was diagnosed with the disease, a fundraiser has been planned for Sunday, June 2nd at the Hatfield-McCoy Recreational Center, located on Buffalo Mountain on U.S. Rt. 52, from 3-5 p.m.

Trophies will be awarded in each age category and in the Pro-category. The cost for those participating will be $8 for 2 games, and this will include the price of shoe rental. The Mingo County Autism Association will receive half of the proceeds earned during this time.

“Our goal is to raise enough money to buy a projector and a screen that will allow us to start holding a Family Movie Night at least once a week for Autistic children and their families,” stated Stepp. “A lot of people fail to realize the difficulties associated with raising a special needs child. The majority of these families are unable to go out to the movies together, and we’re hoping with the support of the local community we will be able to change that.”

Stepp and her group of volunteers who make up the Mingo County Autism Association encourage everyone to attend this fundraiser and help them reach their goals. If you would like more information on the event or on the Autistic Association, you may contact Stepp at 304-426-1222, Brandy Fields at 304-235-2049 or Wendy Barker at 304-235-5128.

“Come out and join the fun and help us to raise the money we need to make this purchase that will greatly benefit children suffering with Autism and their families,” said Stepp.

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