“Round Up 4 Els for Autism” is the company’s annual April initiative to raise funds for Ernie Els’ foundation. Purchases made by Arcis Golf club members, guests, and patrons are “rounded up” to the nearest dollar with the round-up amounts donated to Els for Autism. Additionally, each facility is free to stage its own events such as a golf tournament, fun run, casino night, fashion show and more to raise funds.
It’s round up time at nearly 70 Arcis Golf properties around the country, in conjunction with World Autism Month. “Round Up 4 Els for Autism,” the company’s annual April initiative to raise funds for Els for Autism Foundation, gets underway on April 1 and lasts for the entire month. Els for Autism provides programs, resources, education and support to individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) worldwide.
An extension of Arcis’s partnership with professional golfer and World Golf Hall of Fame member Ernie Els, his wife Liezl, and Els for Autism Foundation, April’s program has two components. Purchases—including merchandise, food and beverage, and golf—made by Arcis Golf club members, guests, and patrons are “rounded up” to the nearest dollar with the round-up amounts donated to Els for Autism. Additionally, each facility is free to stage its own events such as a golf tournament, fun run, casino night, fashion show and more to raise funds that directly impact the lives of individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorder.
In 2021, the campaign raised more than $150,000.
“Our clubs, members, and guests are always proud to participate in efforts to support Els for Autism Foundation through the round up campaign and hosted events,” said Blake Walker, Founder and CEO of Dallas-based Arcis Golf. “In addition to raising funds for the outstanding programs the foundation offers, we feel that this month-long initiative promotes awareness and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder, as one in every 44 children in the United States is affected by autism, more than with AIDS, diabetes, and cancer combined.”
Additional financial contributions will be accepted through August, either through an Arcis Golf Club or via an online donation. Clubs or individuals raising or donating $15,000 or more will be invited to send a two-person team to play in October’s Els for Autism Golf Challenge Grand Finale event in the Bahamas.
“The support and partnership of Arcis Golf is truly appreciated,” said Ernie Els, who established the Els for Autism Foundation in 2009 with Liezl, after their son Ben was diagnosed. “By rounding up and engaging both Arcis’ members and guests in this simplest of actions, we can generate funds to make the world a better place for people with autism.”
The Foundation is a game-changing resource, delivering and facilitating programs for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
The partnership with Els for Autism Foundation is one of numerous ways Arcis Golf supports national philanthropic organizations, including United States Adaptive Golf Alliance, Love Hope Strength Foundation, and ClubsHelp, in addition to local charities in the communities it serves.
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