Milestones’ Strike It Big provides community of support to families
Posted on 02/21/20 in Strike It Big for Milestones by Milestones
CLEVELAND, FEBRUARY 21, 2020 - Milestones Autism Resources is lacing up its bowling shoes for their 8th annual Strike It Big fundraiser presented by Davis Automotive Group, Sunday, March 15, at Spins Bowl in Independence.
The autism-friendly event will provide entertainment for all ages, including face painting, arcade games, a raffle and more.
Contributions to the fundraiser support Milestones’ free autism Helpdesk, a service which connects local families to personalized guidance, local resources and evidence-based information at each and every stage of their child’s development.
For many in attendance, Strike It Big offers an accepting and supportive space in which their families can enjoy a day out with no judgement.
Strike It Big Co-Chair and Milestones Board Member Jon Dittrich understands the importance of having a supportive community firsthand as a father to four young children, with three on the spectrum.
"Autism is present every single day – it’s not something that you go to the doctor, get a pill and it’s gone in a few days," Dittrich said. "Because of this, it is crucial to surround yourself with family, friends and support that understand the challenges of autism. By doing this, not only your child does better, but you as a parent do better as well.
“For families new to the diagnosis of autism, Strike It Big is a great event that makes it clear you are not alone, that there is a lot of support out there for you and that it is still okay to have fun, be silly and do typical family activities with your kids.”
With families, local schools, autism service providers and other organizations attending each year, Strike It Big allows members of the autism community to make connections and become aware of new resources for their loved ones.
“Milestones is connecting families to the help they need every single day, year over year, and Strike It Big is just another example of that,” Dittrich said. “The reason I got involved is because my wife and I realized our personal network was extremely supportive and I wanted to be able to help others that may not have that personal network to find their supportive community.”
Those looking to get involved may register a team, donate to a team or bowler, or sponsor the event. If a team raises at least $200, the team will bowl for free. Register or learn more at milestones.org/bowling.