Jake's House for Children with Autism

Jake's House for Children with Autism

June 10, 2009 15:04 ET

Columbus Blue Jackets' Captain Rick Nash and NHL's Jim Gregory "Play for Jake" at the 6th Annual Jake's House Golf Classic

Tuesday, July 14th at Wooden Sticks Golf Course Register at playforjake.com Over 50 Celebrities and Athletes have supported our "I Play for Jake" campaign...join us on the 14th to see who Play's for Jake next!!

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 10, 2009) -

Attention NEWS, SPORTS and LIFESTYLE:

The 6th Annual Jake's House Golf Classic will take place on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at Wooden Sticks Golf Course. Honorary Tournament Chair Rick Nash, Team Captain for NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets invites golfers to take one day and "Play for Families of Children with Autism" at famed Wooden Sticks Golf Course in Uxbridge, Ontario, a short 60-minute drive from downtown Toronto.

Funds raised through the tournament will support the Jake's House Legends program, which provides a friend where one is needed to children, youth and families living with Autism. The program offers a variety of opportunities to all individuals to make a difference in the lives of young people and their families. A Jake's House Legend is anyone able to lend their time and support to a family in their community.

The registration fee to participate in the Golf Classic is $150 (green fees at Wooden Sticks typically retail for $220) and includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, door prizes and a silent auction. Designed by architect Ron Garl, 12 of the 18 holes at Wooden Sticks were each inspired by a different famous golf hole from the PGA. Registered participants are asked to collect an additional $850 in online pledges at www.playforjake.com. Corporate foursomes are also available.

Confirmed participants to date include:

- Jim Gregory, Vice President of Operations for the NHL

- Actress Natalie Brown who portrays the title character on television's Sophie

- Actress Amy Lalonde from television's Sophie and Wild Roses

- John Mitchell, #39, Centre, Toronto Maple Leafs

- Wojtek Wolski, #8, Left Wing, Colorado Avalanche

Founded in 2002 by David and Irene Bodanis, Jake's House is a grassroots charity that is based on the simple premise of bringing families affected by the condition of Autism, back into our communities, by providing a variety of programming and opportunities for socialization to families who have children with Autism. "The cure for Autism lies no further than your family and friends," exclaims David Bodanis whose son Jake was diagnosed with Autism as a toddler.

Statistics surrounding Autism are soaring: one in 150 children is born with Autism and one in 94 are boys. "As Jake's parents, we understand that all children with Autism will face obstacles," adds Bodanis, "and there will be moments when those obstacles will also overwhelm their parents and families, as it does us to this day." In fact, nine out of ten marriages involving a child with Autism ends in divorce. "My wife and I started Jake's House to provide resources, support and respite." Jake's House and Legends programs help those families find their centre and get some balance!

To learn more about Jake's House for Children with Autism, please visit: www.jakeshouse.ca.

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