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

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’shospital’s Autism and Related Disorders Program. Kohl’s will present itsgift during a free, community concert, “Every Voice Matters,” FridayOct. 25 at 7 p.m. at May Memorial Unitarian Church, 3800 East GeneseeSt., 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 thehearts and minds of children and adults throughout Central New York,”said Carroll Grant, PhD, director, Margaret L. Williams DevelopmentalEvaluation Center. “It has helped make our community more welcoming foreveryone including, those with disabilities.”

The Kohl’s Autism and Related Disorders Program has reached thousandsof people with its outreach services supporting autism awareness andeducation, which includes its highly successful interactive puppetworkshop and autism awareness events.

Kohl’s commitment to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital is madepossible through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program at storeslocated in Central New York. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells $5books and plush toys, and donates 100 percent of net profit to benefitchildren’s health programs. Kohl’s has raised more than $231 milliondollars through this merchandise program nationwide.

“Every Voice Matters,” presented by the Kohl’s Autism & RelatedDisorders Program, is a family-friendly concert featuring the SyracuseCommunity 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. WilliamsDevelopmental Evaluation Center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.