St. Louis, MO -- For the 12th year, the nonprofit Easterseals Midwest partnered with On the Run, U-Gas, and Dirt Cheap locations throughout the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area for All Stars for Autism - a campaign that brings awareness and funds to individuals and families impacted by autism.
“Every August, our All Stars for Autism campaign gives our local communities a way to support their friends, neighbors, and fellow community members living with autism,” Jeanne Marshall, executive vice president of services and CPO at Easterseals, said. “Having a child with autism can cost a family $60,000 or more a year. The proceeds from All Stars for Autism help provide therapy, education, and support services to families so that each child has the chance to reach their full potential.”
This year alone, All Stars for Autism raised $75,000 for Easterseals Midwest’s autism services, bringing in a total of more than $500,000 over the 12-year campaign.
But All Stars for Autism does more than provide much-needed funds to the organization. The campaign also brings exposure and awareness to the services that Easterseals Midwest provides.
“It’s about more than just a fundraiser,” Patti Dickens, director of development and corporate relations with Easterseals, said. “Each year, we have employees, we have families, we have individuals who see all those pin-ups hanging in On the Run and Dirt Cheap stores, and they come to Easterseals because they didn’t know these types of autism services were available to them.”
Autism impacts one out of every 59 children in the United States each year. Easterseals provides individualized therapies, parent training, social skills development, and pre-employment and employment training to help individuals with autism reach their full potential at every age.
To learn more about Easterseals’ Autism Services, visit .
About Easterseals Midwest | Easterseals Midwest is a nonprofit organization changing the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day. The organization employs 1,800 employees delivering services to more than 5,000 individuals statewide through four divisions: Autism Services, Community Living Services, Early Childhood Services and Employment Services.