Arcis Golf – the second largest owner-operator of private, resort, and daily fee clubs in the United States – will launch a nationwide campaign in April called “Arcis Round Up For Autism” that expands its partnership with legendary golfer Ernie Els and the Els for Autism Foundation.
In conjunction with April’s World Autism Month, the “Arcis Round Up For Autism” program at 60 Arcis Golf clubs around the country will encourage members, guests, and patrons to “round up” to the nearest dollar on any purchases of merchandise, food and beverage, or golf as a donation to the charity. Additional contributions will be accepted through September, with clubs or individuals raising or donating $15,000 or more invited to send a two-person team to play in the Els for Autism Golf Challenge Grand Finale event in mid-October.
“Arcis Golf is proud to support the Els for Autism initiative through the participation of our generous members and guests,” said Blake Walker, Founder and CEO of Dallas-based Arcis Golf. “Our goal is to promote the tremendous work of the foundation, as well as raise funds for programs that create a better future for people with autism spectrum disorder as one in every 59 children in the United States is affected by autism.”
“The support and partnership of Arcis Golf is truly appreciated,” said Els, who established the Els for Autism Foundation in 2009 with his wife, Liezl, after their son Ben was diagnosed. “By rounding up and engaging golfers in this simplest of actions, we can generate funds to learn more about autism.”
The couple has devoted its efforts to The Els Center of Excellence, a world-class facility hosting leading-edge autism programs and services in Jupiter, Fla. Els for Autism is committed to helping those with autism fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive, and rewarding lives.
The partnership with the Els Foundation is one of several ways Arcis Golf supports organizations nationally. Arcis Golf recently renewed its support of the United States Adaptive Golf Alliance, providing resources at select Arcis Golf facilities around the country including access to golf courses and PGA professionals within the Arcis Golf portfolio, as well as fundraising opportunities through Arcis Golf members.