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October 24, 2013
Susan B Cole 315 464-6547

Kohl’s adds $180K to its support for Upstate’s autism programs

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— The Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital will receive more than $180,000 from Kohl’s Department Stores to support the children’s hospital’s Autism and Related Disorders Program. Kohl’s will present its gift during a free, community concert, “Every Voice Matters,” Friday Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at May Memorial Unitarian Church, 3800 East Genesee St., Syracuse.

Since 2004, Kohl’s has provided more than $1 million in support of the program at the children’s hospital.

“The Kohl’s Autism and Related Disorders Program has reached the hearts and minds of children and adults throughout Central New York,” said Carroll Grant, PhD, director, Margaret L. Williams Developmental Evaluation Center. “It has helped make our community more welcoming for everyone including, those with disabilities.”

The Kohl’s Autism and Related Disorders Program has reached thousands of people with its outreach services supporting autism awareness and education, which includes its highly successful interactive puppet workshop and autism awareness events.

Kohl’s commitment to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital is made possible through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program at stores located in Central New York. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys, and donates 100 percent of net profit to benefit children’s health programs. Kohl’s has raised more than $231 million dollars through this merchandise program nationwide.

“Every Voice Matters,” presented by the Kohl’s Autism & Related Disorders Program, is a family-friendly concert featuring the Syracuse Community Choir. A reception will follow the concert at 8 p.m. To attend or for more information call 472-4404.

Caption: Carroll Grant, PhD, is director of Margaret L. Williams Developmental Evaluation Center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

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