Rock Hill policeman organizes fundraiser for autism

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comFebruary 18, 2013 

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    Want to go?

    Where: 727 Dilworth Lane

    When: Tuesday at 5 p.m.- 8 p.m.

    How much: Pay for your meal and 15 percent of the check goes to the center

    For more information, contact the Chrysalis Autism Center at (803) 328-8476

— Eating at Nishie G’s Tuesday night can help fill stomachs and raise money for autism.

Jonathan Moreno, a Rock Hill Police officer, is hosting a fundraiser at the restaurant off India Hook Road from 5 to 8 p.m. to raise money for the Chrysalis Autism Center on Park Avenue.

Anyone wanting to help should to tell their server they’re eating for the Chrysalis fund raiser. Fifteen percent of the check will go to the clinic.

Moreno’s future 4-year-old stepson, Pierce, is autistic, he said, and “receives a variety of tools he can use to better not only his future but also his way of life.”

The clinic, a nonprofit organization for little more than a year, currently serves 11 children, and the need for support is “huge,” said Tobi Presler, clinic director.

Most of the children the center serves receive Medicaid so reimbursements are low, she said. By the time rent and costs for therapy are covered, there’s little money left to pay staff.

“Every time we lose a therapist, we have to start from scratch,” Presler said.

The clinic currently employs 12 therapists, she said. The event isn’t affiliated with the Rock Hill Police Department.

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