Kicking-off the first-annual Autism Awareness Campaign, Cliff’s Local Market team members raised a total of $27,290 for The Kelberman Center, a local organization dedicated to supporting individuals with autism and their families. Throughout the month of October, customers visiting any Cliff’s Local Market location were invited to purchase a paper puzzle piece to create additional awareness for autism and garner their support for the cause.
“We couldn’t be more grateful and proud of our store teams for truly embracing our campaign to support individuals with Autism. The success of a first-year campaign can prove challenging, but with the help of our generous patrons and support from The Kelberman Center, our teams far surpassed our initial goal.” says Jim Clifford, Owner and President of Clifford Fuel Co Inc. and Cliff’s Local Market. “It’s local initiatives such as this, that really bring our communities together. We look forward to building a strong, long-lasting partnership with The Kelberman Center to show our support and appreciation for the amazing work they do for so many families right here in Central New York.”
Tara Costello, Kelberman Center Executive Director commented, “We are overjoyed at the tremendous support we have received from Cliff’s Local Market and from our community. We see this support as the start of a long-term commitment to helping children and adults with autism in our community. The funding that was raised is an extremely significant gift for our agency that will be felt throughout, ensuring that autism services for people and families who need them, especially during this difficult year and the year ahead, will continue.”
The Kelberman Center, an affiliate of Upstate Caring Partners, Inc., provides state-of-the-art programs and services for children and adults with ASD and their families, with locations in both Utica and Syracuse, New York. Specialized staffing is highly trained to meet the needs of individuals with ASD and includes psychologists, social workers and educational and behavior specialists.
Cliff’s Local Market, locally owned and operated, is a chain of 19 convenience stores located throughout the Central New York Region. Cliff’s stores offer premium fuel brands, fresh locally roasted coffee, and a wide variety of made-to-order fresh food selections, such as pizzas, subs, salads, wraps and more. With nearly 60 years in business, the Clifford family has a long history of giving back to communities through supporting area charities, community-wide events, and local organizations.