Friday, Dec 15, 2017
Taking a Swing at Autism
Tourney raises money to help families
struck by illness
Dawn Donahue, PAFN
Steve Saccomano (l) presents cheque to
Wendy Lisogar Cocchia and Sergio Cocchia, PAFN Founders. Kathy
Fitzpatrick, KF Photo
9th annual Saccomaniacs Agriculture for Autism tournament raised
Autism Family Network.
Steve and Antoinette Saccomano of Chilliwack BC, and their family,
started a family and friends golf tournament in 2008. Plans are
underway for the 10th annual, August 13, 2018.
Steve Saccomano says: “We started this event to create awareness of
Autism Spectrum Disorder, and to raise funds for Autism programs.
Autism touched our lives more than 15 years ago and we turned to
many support groups and organizations for guidance and help. Our
golf tournament is our way of giving back to the Autism Community.”
The Pacific Autism Family Network (PAFN), is a registered Canadian
charity that supports individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and
their families, and has been the recipient of all funds raised at
this event since 2014.
“With the Saccomano family having so far raised over $200,000 for
our Pacific Autism Family Network through their annual Saccomaniacs
Golf Tournament, they have truly made a tremendous difference. We’re
so fortunate to have them in our Pacific Autism family as such
long-time supporters of ours” says Sergio Cocchia, Co-Founder and
Board Chair, Pacific Autism Family Network. “Now that our main
centre is opened and operating in Richmond BC, their raised funds
are being directed towards our future Fraser Valley spoke location
which is going to make a huge difference in helping us ensure
available services for families in that region, faster.”
Saccomano went on to say: “We have raised close to $300,000 since
2009 and look to build on this amount going forward, with the goal
of establishing a PAFN spoke office in the Fraser Valley.”
It takes approximately $250,000 to open a new PAFN Spoke location,
and to support the operations of a Spoke year after year about
$100,000 is required annually, outside of the first year. All PAFN
Spoke locations are outfitted to offer the same resources that are
available at PAFN’s GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub in Richmond.
“We are thrilled that we have received so much support in our
endeavour” Saccomano said. “Together with my family, friends and the
agriculture community, we are very proud to be planning our 10th
annual Saccomaniacs Agriculture for Autism Golf Tournament. My
family and I look to continue this legacy for many years to come.”
The Saccomaniacs Agriculture for Autism Tournament and Tradeshow has
over 180 golfers, 65 volunteers, and 200+ attendees at the dinner.
For further information on the 10th annual see
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