MIAMI–Housewares company Imusa and Sedano’s Supermarkets have raised $63,000 for the organization Autism Speaks during its 2012 campaign for Autism Awareness Month, which is April. This is the third year of Imusa and Sedano’s Supermarkets’ partnership to raise money and promote autism awareness and research. Customers in all 34 Sedano’s Supermarkets, which is headquartered in South Florida like Imusa, purchase $1 puzzle pieces that go toward the cause.
“Underwriting the first qualitative research for Hispanic families affected by autism, launching fundraising events that support and promote awareness and research during Autism Awareness Month including the program with Sedano’s Supermarkets, and leading Miami’s 2012 Walk for Autism fundraising event, are ways that Imusa supports Autism Speaks,” said Manny Gaunaurd, president, Imusa.
One out of 88 children in the U.S. now have autism, according to the Center for Disease Control, and the annual cost of autism in the United States is $126 billion annually, or triple the cost analysis from six years ago, Imusa said.
“These statistics are staggering and profound,” Gaunaurd said. “Behind these numbers are real families, real individuals struggling every day. They are why Imusa continues to work with Autism Speaks as our philanthropy of choice.”
Javier Herran, spokesperson, Sedano’s Supermarkets, added that the partnership has raised about $150,000 to benefit Autism Speaks so far.