Striking Out for Autism event raises $3,000

February 01, 2019

Suzanne Buchanan receiving check from members of Shekinah Lodge

The Masonic brothers of Shekinah Lodge presented Autism New Jersey and Executive Director Dr. Suzanne Buchanan with a check for $3,000, proceeds from the lodge’s first annual Striking Out for Autism event, held December 29 at Laurel Lanes in Maple Shade. The presentation was January 25 at Shekinah Lodge in Riverside.

Dr. Buchanan and Senator Troy Singleton (D-7), a key organizer of the event, spent much of the event providing information to attendees about autism, as well as explaining Autism New Jersey’s mission and our commitment to ensuring safe and fulfilling lives for individuals with autism.

“I was honored to join my Masonic brothers from Shekinah Lodge in Riverside, NJ, as we held our first annual bowling event to support the work of Autism New Jersey,” Singleton said. “We know that the resources we were able to raise will further the work of this great organization as it fights on behalf of those dealing with autism.”

Singleton, who served for seven years as a state assemblyman before being elected senator in November, has sponsored several bills that focus on autism. Most recently, he is a co-sponsor of legislation that, if enacted, would regulate the practice of behavior analysis, a medically necessary treatment for autism.

“The Masonic brothers of the Shekinah Lodge created a wonderful opportunity for us to meet families of children with autism and concerned community members. They embraced and supported our mission just as we embrace and support the autism community. We’re very grateful to all the brothers who made this event successful and look forward to partnering with them again,” said Dr. Buchanan.