Carbone Auto Group donation to aid individuals, families impacted by autism


YORKVILLE — Representatives from the Kelberman Center and Carbone Auto Group recently gathered for a check presentation of over $18,000 to the Kelberman Center. The donation was the result of the annual Subaru Share the Love event.

Over the last 13 years, through the Share the Love Event, Subaru of America and its participating retailers have donated more than $176 million to charity, with customers choosing between four national and over 1,200 hometown charities.

The Kelberman Center, which provides autism services for children, adults and families in the Mohawk Valley and Central New York, was the local charity selected by Carbone Subaru as part of this national campaign.   

“This significant gift to the Kelberman Center is testament to how committed Carbone Subaru is to our community and to ensuring that children and adults with autism spectrum disorder receive opportunities for success throughout their lives,” said Tara Costello, executive director of the Kelberman Center.

April is Autism Awareness Month, and the federal Centers for Disease Control estimates that approximately 1 in 54 children is diagnosed with autism. As part of its efforts, the Kelberman Center is looking for help to promote understanding and awareness of autism within local communities.

The center is in the midst of its 2021 Virtual Walk for Autism, with lead sponsorship by The Fitness Mill; platinum sponsorship by Birch Wealth Management, in memory of Dr. Raouf Kodsy; C&D Advertising; and Charles A. Gaetano Construction Corporation.

The virtual walk, held throughout the month, encourages friends, family members, school groups and businesses, to pick a day in April and a distance to walk to raise funds and awareness for autism programs and services at The Kelberman

Anyone can create or join a walk team today, by visiting and clicking the Walk for Autism button on the homepage. All proceeds from the virtual Walk for Autism will help provide support for children, adults and families with autism in the community. 

Also during this month, several area businesses are selling puzzle pieces throughout the area to support The Kelberman Center. They include Body by Design, Engelbert’s Jewelers, Exclusive Cutz Barbershop, Gentleman’s Corner Barbershop, In Bloom Yoga Studio, MV Wellness, OB Training, Rocco Gualtieri Market, Symeon’s Greek Restaurant, The Fitness Mill and Utopia Hair Salon.

The funding helps the Kelberman Center provide comprehensive programming and services for people throughout all phases of life, from early childhood through adulthood, including: home and community based, educational, clinical, residential and recreation and camp.

The Kelberman Center’s goal is to meet people and families where they are in life and to support them every step of the way on their journeys navigating autism, the agency said, adding its staff seeks to empower the people they support with specialized programs, resources, support and wrap-around services, creating a fulling, life-enriching experience for people and


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