Life Skills raises $350,000 - KOAM TV 7

Life Skills raises $350,000




ST. LOUIS (Wednesday, September 18, 2013) – Life Skills, a local nonprofit that helps people with developmental disabilities, recently raised more than $350,000 at its 28th annual Par-Tee dinner auction and “Tee It Up” Golf Tournament. A record 380 people attended the dinner on Sunday, July 22 and 180 golfers hit the links on Monday, July 23 at Meadowbrook Country Club.

“We were thrilled at this year’s turnout,” said Wendy Sullivan, CEO of Life Skills. “We want to thank our key sponsors including The Goldenberg Family, Lockton Companies, AHM Financial Group and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, as well as our honorary chair, Bernie Federko. Bernie has been a major supporter of this event and continues to be an activist for people with developmental disabilities.”

At the dinner, guests bid on more than 200 silent and live auction items including dining gift certificates, spa services, tickets to sporting events, sports memorabilia, vacation packages and more.

On Monday, golfers enjoyed beautiful weather at the four-person scramble. Life Skills clients also had a chance to participate in a lesson with the golf professionals at Meadowbrook Country Club, who guided them on practicing their golf swing and taught them the basics of the game.

“It’s a great opportunity for our clients to work with the golf pros one-on-one,” said Sullivan. “Disabilities do not need to hold anyone back. Exposing our clients to sports helps build confidence while teaching them something fun and productive.”

About Life Skills | Life Skills, a United Way agency, helps people with developmental disabilities – including autism – learn, live, work and participate in the community. The agency currently employs more than 1,300 statewide, and has an operating budget of approximately $40 million as it serves more than 4,200 individuals in Missouri through three specific divisions:

Community Living, which helps people in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles

County learn skills to live and participate in the community;

Employment Services, which helps people in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County find competitive, meaningful employment in the community; and

Autism Services, which offers training, clinical and support services and provides help and hope to more than 3,000 families in 95 counties across Missouri impacted by autism.

Life Skills announced its affiliation with the national Easter Seals organization effective September 1, 2013. For more details, visit www.lifeskills-mo.org.

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