South Florida Ford partnered with the Florida Panthers and Autism Speaks for a night of fun dedicated to families who have children on the autism spectrum in honor of World Autism Day.
Allan Young, chairman of South Florida Ford, joined Jonathan Brown, a local youth with autism who was an honoree "Panther for a Day." He participated in the opening puck drop.
Attendees experienced the hard-hitting, fast-paced thrills of NHL hockey. Several families in the autism community were provided with a designated suite, as well as a sensory room for the children to enjoy before and after the game.
Following the game, several Panthers players visited the sensory room to sign autographs and take pictures with the families. The entire night’s game presentation educated the public on autism and local efforts to raise funds for Autism Speaks.
South Florida Ford also presented a $10,000 check to Autism Speaks from the #Ford4Autism Twitter and Hashtag promotion from 2015.
John Viola, left, John Brown and Allan Young