COLUMBUS, OHIO — Earlier this evening during the game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation and corporate partner White Castle announced the donation of $5,750 to Autism Speaks. The money was raised through White Castle's "Crave the Save" program in which the Columbus-based hamburger chain donated $10 for every home save made by Jackets goaltenders Steve Mason and Mathieu Garon during the second half of the 2009-10 season.
"With children's health and safety being one of the Blue Jackets Foundation's primary pillars of giving, this corporate-charitable collaboration with White Castle was a perfect vehicle to help families affected by autism," said Wendy Bradshaw, executive director of the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation.
White Castle has a decades-long history of involvement with a wide range of community causes, and a strong heritage of giving back to its community. The company launched their charitable giving program with Autism Speaks in 2009. Autism Speaks is an organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders and changing the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.
"Family and community are very important to White Castle. We believe in supporting efforts that truly change people’s lives," said Jamie Richardson, vice president of corporate relations for White Castle. "It is our privilege to support such a solid organization like Autism Speaks, which is dedicated to improving the future for those living with autism."
About White Castle
White Castle is a family-owned business based in Columbus, Ohio that owns and operates 421White Castle Restaurants in 11 states. The company was founded in Wichita, Kansas in 1921 and was the first fast-food hamburger chain. For more information on White Castle, visit www.whitecastle.com.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is North America's largest autism science and advocacy organization. Since its inception only five short years ago, Autism Speaks has made enormous strides, committing over $142.5 million to research and developing innovative new resources for families through 2014. The organization is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. In addition to funding research, Autism Speaks also supports the Autism Treatment Network, Autism Genetic Resource Exchange and several other scientific and clinical programs. Notable awareness initiatives include the establishment of the annual United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 and an award-winning "Learn the Signs" campaign with the Ad Council which has received over $210 million in donated media. Autism Speaks’ family resources include the Autism Video Glossary, a 100 Day Kit for newly-diagnosed families, a School Community Tool Kit, a community grant program and much more. Autism Speaks has played a critical role in securing federal legislation to advance the government’s response to autism, and has successfully advocated for insurance reform to cover behavioral treatments. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 80 cities across North America. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit http://www.autismspeaks.org.
About Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation
Since its inception in 2000, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation has granted nearly $3 million to local non-profit organizations in support of its four main pillars of giving: pediatric cancer, education, children's health and safety, and the development of youth and amateur hockey. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.BlueJacketsFoundation.org.