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Downstream To utilize Its Food Bank Donations For Benefit of Freeman's Leffen Autism Center

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Downstream Casino Resort and the Quapaw Tribe is tying its semi-annual food bank donations to a fund-raising campaign for the Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism.  For every dollar donated to the Autism Center, Downstream will donate a pound of food — high-quality beef, or canned goods — to one of its regular food bank partners in the Tri-State Region. 

"The Leffen Center is an important program and resource in our communities, and we wanted to raise awareness and do what we could to help raise more money for the Center," Quapaw Chairman John Berrey said. "Since our Food Bank Program was already enjoying great momentum, we thought we might leverage that to help treat children with Autism. We are hoping for a strong, positive response."

In the process, Downstream and the Tribe have added several schools to their list of food donation locations:  Quapaw Schools (Oklahoma), College Heights Christian School (Joplin, Mo.), and Carthage Schools (Missouri) have been added to the list of recipients that already included Ottawa Country Nutrition Coalition, the Southeast Kansas Food Shop & Pantry, Wesley House, Word In Action, Crosslines Ministries, and the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank.

Downstream donates about 40 tons of canned food per year to the regional food banks and pantries, through two deliveries a year, usually in June and November.  A special delivery of beef from the Quapaw Cattle Company, separate from those regular deliveries, is planned for next week.  

About the Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism
Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, developed in consultation with the Cleveland Clinic Autism Consulting Group, opened in fall 2007 with a preschool program. Since then, the center has expanded services to include children birth to age 21 and families. Individuals with autism spectrum disorders often need targeted therapy to help build life skills necessary for transition into mainstream classrooms and a more independent future. Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism provides evidence-based, life-changing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy to children, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorders. Call (417) 347-7850 for further information about Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism services, the application process, or current fees. To donate, please call (417) 347-6658, or go to:  freemanhealth.com/givetoleffencenterforautism

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