Despite the rain, 150 golfers joined Little City at Twin Orchard Country Club for the 49th Annual Little City Invitational (LCI) Golf Tournament on Aug. 13 to help raise necessary funds for children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Little City engages and supports individuals, families and communities to ensure that children and adults with disabilities can realize their unique potential to live safely, work productively, explore creatively and learn continuously throughout their lifetime.
“The Little City Invitational Golf Tournament has continued its tradition of being the largest fundraiser for the children and adults of Little City,” commented Executive Director Shawn E. Jeffers. “It was another successful year and we are already looking forward to next year, our 50th.”
After golfing 18-holes, guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, dinner, musical entertainment provided by Little City resident Jerry Rose, silent and live auctions and an awards ceremony.
This year, the LCI tournament honored Little City friend and partner Kenneth L. Ender, Ph.D., President of Harper College with the Morrie Kellman Humanitarian Award. Each year this award is presented to an outstanding friend and supporter of Little City in memory of the founding member and creator of the LCI tournament Morrie Kellman.
“Over the years, Little City and Harper College have built a strong partnership and Dr. Ender’s efforts to support the children and adults at Little City are truly commendable,” said Jeffers.
Additionally, golfers raised $17,500 for a sensory therapy room that will be in the first home of the Children’s Village Initiative. These new group homes were specifically designed for individuals with autism, addressing the fact that 80 percent of the children at Little City have autism. Sensory rooms are an important aspect of each of these homes as they allow children to regulate their emotions.
To support individuals with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities, visit www.littlecity.org/support.