Local PBA Raised Nearly $22,000 for Autism New Jersey

February 18, 2021

Members of the Scotch Plains Police Benevolent Association (PBA) Local #87 presented Autism New Jersey with a check for $21,707, proceeds from its 35th Annual Children’s Charity Golf Outing held on September 28, 2020 at the Shackamaxon Golf and Country Club in Scotch Plains.

More than 144 golfers and guests attended the event, including many law enforcement officers from around the state.  Year after year, the PBA members have organized this event to support local charities, raising more than $210,000 in donations to date.

As PBA President, Detective David Belford, explained, selecting Autism New Jersey as a beneficiary was an easy choice.  “Almost all people know of someone who has autism, including some of our own members who are raising a child with autism.  It hits close to home.”  He added, “We’re proud to support the organization to help continue the impact you have in the autism community.”

In addition to the Scotch Plains PBA, many local businesses and the community as a whole contribute to the success of the annual golf outings. Detective Belford added, “They deserve a special thank you for their continued years of support. It is a team effort putting everything together.”

Photo Credit: John Mooney/TapInto Scotch Plains

“Community fundraisers like these are so important to sustaining the work we do,” noted Ellen Schisler, Autism New Jersey’s Associate Executive Director, pictured above flanked by Scotch Plains’ finest.  “We are so incredibly grateful and humbled, especially to see the hard work that went into planning an event during a pandemic and the swell of support from the community.”

Interested in planning an event or fund drive to support Autism New Jersey?  Contact Brynn Alberici at balberici@autismnj.org.