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Community Access Unlimited Golf Fundraiser For At Risk Youth, Assist People With Disabilities

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Union County

The annual golf outing is one of CAU's most significant fundraising events, which works statewide to assist people with developmental disabilities and youth at risk to integrate into the community through services and support coordination.

Officials say CAU services include housing, education, employment, behavioral management, advocacy, and more.

County leaders shared the impact CAU has had over its 43 years in the community, including on young people who have had assistance with employment training and opportunities.

"For a lot of them, it's their first taste of the real world- you hear legacy stories of them and where they started, and it's because of what they were afforded by the agency," said Maria Carvalho, Elizabeth Public Schools board member.

"We've built a lovely little family with this organization in order for our children to benefit."

"It's tough for many of our children- many of them come from broken homes, and they wouldn't be afforded this opportunity if the organization wasn't around, so CAU has made a world of difference for us."

Union County Commissioner Chris Hudak highlighted that many county residents have found affordable housing and other vital services through CAU.

"The organization is a tremendous one, [CAU] provides so many people with access to housing, to jobs, good training- and is a fabulous county partner for what they do," Hudak said.

The attendees were people who have done business with CAU and were inspired to support the organization's efforts.

"We love to partner and support [CAU] because we enjoy supporting the mission and their wonderful work," said Marilyn Ticktin of CORT Furniture.

Over 80 golfers and supporters enjoyed a day outdoors at the Community Access Unlimited Golf Classic on Sept. 19 to boost services for people with developmental disabilities and youth at risk.

Wayne Kenny of ABC Fire and Safety has had a business relationship with CAU for over a decade to ensure fire safety at programs.

"I support what CAU does, and I donate to them as a nonprofit," Kenny said.

After playing, attendees enjoyed dinner and a silent auction with prizes, including sports tickets and spa packages that raised funds for the nonprofit.