Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Wells Fargo Advisors presents check to Ozark Center for Autism
Wells Fargo Advisors Branch Manager Bryan Vowels and Financial Advisor Troy Stovern recently visited Ozark Center for Autism to present a $11,500 check from Wells Fargo Advisors and their clients.
Funds were raised during a special event held Thursday, February 4, 2010, at Downstream Casino. Joplin Wells Fargo Advisors and more than 350 guests enjoyed dinner, guest speaker John O’Leary’s moving speech titled “Rising Above Adversity,” and a heartfelt video and presentation about Ozark Center for Autism by Ozark Center CEO Paula Baker. The evening raised $11,500 for Ozark Center for Autism, including a leading gift of $5,000 from Wells Fargo.
“This generous check from Wells Fargo Advisors and their clients makes it possible for us to serve a number of children who, otherwise, would not have been able to access the specialized care they need,” said Paula Baker. “We appreciate their support of children and families struggling with autism.”
This gift benefits the Ozark Center for Autism Scholarship Fund to help increase enrollment and provide assistance to families needing financial help for services.
Autism is the fastest growing childhood developmental disability and affects a child’s ability to communicate with loved ones and interact with the world. Ozark Center for Autism provides the only evidence-based treatment proven to be effective—Applied Behavior Analysis. In this intensive one-on-one therapy, teachers prepare preschoolers to function as independently as possible.
Ozark Center for Autism also offers new in-home services and art classes for teens and plans to continue to expand services to reach older children and adults.
About Ozark Center
An integral component of Freeman Health System based in Joplin, Missouri, Ozark Center provides comprehensive behavioral health services to children, adults, and families in an area that includes more than 450,000 residents from Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Ozark Center continually looks for innovative ways to address the mental health needs of the community and promote awareness of mental illness in an effort to eliminate the discrimination associated with it. For more information, visit ozarkcenter.com or call 417.347.7600.
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