Teamsters Local 25 Autism Fund presents $2,500 to My Little Buddy’s Boat.
Group photo: From left, Jerry Ramasci, Mass Bass Nation; Jim DeOliveira, Mystic Wellington Yacht Club; Medford Mayor Stephanie M. Burke; Trish DiSilva, Teamsters Local 25; Joe DiGirolamo and Harold Kepnes, both of MWY Club; Bill Asaro, Teamsters Local 25; Paul Moran and Paul Garland, both of the MWY Club; and (on boat) Mark Burgess and Eli Delaney, Mass Bass Nation.
MEDFORD and CHARLESTOWN, MA – August 14, 2017 – Today Mayor Stephanie M. Burke and officials from the Mystic Wellington Yacht Club and Mass Bass Nation helped Teamsters Local 25 recognize the My Little Buddy’s Boat foundation with a $2,500 donation. The donation was made in connection with the 5th annual Fishin’ with a Mission, held at the Medford yacht club on July 30, and featuring a day of fun, fishing and boating to support autism awareness. The adult striped bass and bluefish tournament portion was rescheduled to Saturday, August 19.
“We learned about this event and organization through longtime member, Bill Asaro, who volunteered for the event by giving boat rides to the families,” said Sean M. O’Brien, President and Principal Officer of Teamsters Local 25. “We couldn’t be more proud of the contributions Local 25 has been able to make within the autism community these last ten years, and when we learned about Bill’s involvement we wanted to help support the mission.”
Fishin’ with a Mission is an annual day of fun, fishing and boating to support autism awareness, that takes place at the Mystic Wellington Yacht Club. In addition to the bass tournament, there is a cookout, boat rides and games for children. The beneficiary, My Little Buddy’s Boat, was founded by Eli Delaney, as a way to connect with his son Luke who has autism. You can learn more about this organization at www.mylittlebuddysboat.com.
Teamsters Local 25 Autism Fund has donated more than $4 million since its inception. Its major fundraiser is the annual Teamsters Local 25 Light up the Night Gala, which will take place again April 21, 2018. The Gala serves as a major autism awareness vehicle as well as a critical fundraiser for local programs that help children, teens and adults with autism or developmental delays.
In 2017, the Teamsters Local 25 Autism Fund has presented more than $300,000 to local non-profits, including Autism Speaks, Braintree American Challenger League, Jason Roberts Challenger League, Liam Nation, Malden Challenger League, McLean Hospital Autism Program, Medford Invitational Tournaments, Norfolk County Sheriff’s Youth Leadership Academy, St. Francis Church in Memory of Thomas Beckwith, Stoneham Light It Up Blue, and Technology for Autism Now.
To learn more about Teamsters Local 25’s commitment to autism, please visit www.teamsterslocal25autism.com.
Group photo (by boat): From left, Jerry Ramasci, Eli Delaney, and Mark Burgess, Mass Bass Nation, with Trish DiSilva, Teamsters Local 25 Autism Fund
Group photo (check): Paul Garland, Harold Kepnes, and Jim DeOliveira, all from Mystic Wellington Yacht Club