Autism Alliance of Michigan Hosts 2013 Golf Classic

Community leaders, sports stars and local celebrities will come together to hit the links for an incredible cause August 26, 2013, at the First Autism Alliance of Michigan Golf Classic at the Country Club of Detroit.

Credited as an afternoon with Chauncey, Rip and Friends the event will feature honorary hosts former Detroit Pistons and NBA players Chauncey Billups and Rip Hamilton as they raise funds for the Autism Alliance of Michigan. Detroit Mayor and former Detroit Piston and NBA Hall of Famer Dave Bing will join in the festivities and be honored for his continued work and dedication to the Detroit community.

The Autism Alliance of Michigan is known as the driving force to ensure state, nonprofit, federal and private entities maximize the potential of individuals impacted by autism. "We are excited for this inaugural event and are honored by the outpouring of support from the celebrities and companies who have come forward to sponsor the outing," said Dr. Colleen Allen, CEO the Autism Alliance of Michigan. "This kind of generosity is exactly what allows us to be relentless in our mission of helping the more than 60,000 individuals and families in Michigan affected by autism."

The day-long event features 18 holes at one of the region's most celebrated courses, a light lunch, dinner, awards and silent auction. Golfers will be able to interact, meet and play with the celebrity guests. Other players include retired NBA All-Star Hersey Hawkins, Detroit Lions kicker Eddie Murray, former University of Michigan running back Mike Hart, former MSU basketball player Anthony Ianni, and numerous local media personalities. Renowned sports broadcaster George Blaha will serve as emcee of the festivities.

"I am so pleased to host this event in my former hometown of Detroit for such an important cause," said Billups. "Being able to raise awareness of an organization that has such a positive and direct impact on so many families in the region is an incredible honor."

Proceeds from the golf outing will go to further the Alliance's numerous programs including Autism Safety Training, Anti-Bullying, the Autism Navigator and more.

Event sponsorships and foursomes are still available for the event. Current sponsors include: Azimuth Capital, DTE Energy, Meijer, Munder Capital, Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center, Penske Corporation, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Team Detroit.

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