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The Autism Open

15th Annual Golf Tournament

Join us for the 15th annual Autism Open golf tournament at Shadow Lake Golf Club to support AutismUp!
Autism Open Trophy

The 15th Annual "Autism Open"
June 1st, 2024
Shadow Lake Golf Club

The field is filling up, so register soon to ensure your spot! Total players on the course is limited!

A message from our hosts, Mark Higgins, Ron Toper, Carrie Toper & Eric Platzer:

It is time to start preparing for year 15 of the Autism Open. I think if you asked any of us if we would be doing this for 15 years, we would have hoped for 5 years and set a goal for 10 years, but to get to 15 years would be an amazing achievement! With your help and support we have crossed over $220,000 raised in the first 14 years and for that we say THANK YOU!

The 15th Annual Autism Open will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2024 at Shadow Lake Golf & Racquet Club. There will only be a 1 PM shotgun tee time this year, which means the event will sell out quickly. Please, when you register make payment. We will be unable to “save spots.”

The registration fee is $160 per golfer or $640 per foursome and includes 18 holes of golf, lunch, dinner, 20 red raffle tickets and 1 mulligan per golfer. See the Autism Open Brochure for additional details! If you are interested in playing, but 18 holes is too many, we may have a 9-hole option in the AM, depending on the level of interest. Please let us know…we may be able to accommodate.

With it being year 15, we are hoping that you will consider helping us raise money by:

  • Asking your employer to be a corporate sign sponsor at $150
  • Asking your employer to be the Lunch sponsor for $1,500
  • Asking your employer to be the Dinner sponsor for $2,500
  • Asking your employer if they are interested in sponsoring a table at the Autism Up Gala on May 11 for $2,200 and treating 10 of their favorite employees to a night out while supporting a great cause.
  • Asking if we can get 15 golfers and their spouses to go to the Autism Up Gala May 11 as well as play in the Autism Open (Golf and Gala Package is $350, plus the additional cost of the spouse)
  • Asking you if you can you help us get 15 new unique prizes for our raffle (autograph sports pictures, tickets to a play or sporting event, gift certificate to your salon or spa, etc)
  • Any and all ideas to raise additional funds are on the table! We are open to suggestions!!!

All proceeds will go directly to AutismUp, which provides top-tier autism support programs and services for individuals and families in Western New York. AutismUp's vision is to collaborate and innovate within our community to support every individual with autism spectrum disorder, and the people who care for them. We hope you will join us for this wonderful event and help us make a difference in the lives of those affected by autism. If you have any questions, please contact us at the numbers and emails below.

Thank you for your support and generosity. We look forward to seeing you on June 1, 2024!


The Autism Open Committee

For sponsorship information, to make a donation, and/or questions, please contact Mark Higgins by clicking here.

The tournament brochure can be viewed here.

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How to register:

Go to the Autism Open Facebook Page and/or view the tournament brochure. Print out the brochure and remit payment to contact on brochure. For questions, email Mark Higgins, Tournament Director.

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