Fennelly Associates, one of New Jersey and Pennsylvania’s most experienced and successful independent full-service commercial real estate service providers, announces its President Jerry Fennelly has been honored by Eden Autism Services for his efforts to help raise $2.8M over the past two decades.
For over four decades, Eden has been a recognized leader in providing support to children and adults with autism and their families. A devoted advocate for the autism community, Fennelly helped start the Eden Autism 5K & Fun Run/Walk 20 years ago to raise awareness of the organization in the local community and create a recurring source of fundraising support. In addition to Eden, Fennelly has helped several organizations across the Mercer County area create 5K races including Casa New Jersey, the Princeton YMCA and the Parkinson’s Alliance.
“Jerry has given so much of his time and energy to organizations just like ours across our region,” said Melinda McAleer, Chief Development Officer of Eden Autism Services. “As we celebrated our 20th anniversary of this important event, it was an easy decision for us to honor Jerry for his two decades of tireless support.”
Fennelly added, “Making a positive impact on local communities has always been important to me. The Eden Autism Foundation is a tremendous organization and it is my honor to be able to support their goals and initiatives with such a fun event.”
According to a study conducted by Rutgers University, the autism rate rose 300% in New Jersey between 2000 and 2016. In 2000, the U.S. rate was 1 in 150, according to the CDC. Six years later, it was 1 in 110 and six years after that it was 1 in 69. In New Jersey today, the rate of children identified with autism spectrum disorder is 1 in 35.
To support the Eden Autism Foundation by making a donation, please visit the “donate” tab on their website here.