Autism Speaks

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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

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