ST. LOUIS, Nov. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- ACE employees in the Midwest recently raised money for Autism Speaks, in support of their colleagues who have children with autism. Together, ACE employees and customers raised $30,061 for this organization.
ACE's annual Give A Little Campaign is an in-store fundraiser that allows employees to choose the charity they want to support, and 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to the organization of their choice.
"We are incredibly proud of our accomplishments during this year's Give A Little Campaign," said Eric Norrington, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs. "This fundraiser allows us to partner with extraordinary organizations that our employees and customers are really passionate about."
In addition to the fundraiser, ACE employees in the Midwest held bake sales, raffled off gift certificates and engaged with other local businesses to further the community's involvement.
"ACE employees and executives have shown enormous commitment and creativity in raising awareness and funds," said Peter Morton, Autism Speaks Vice President of Corporate Development. "Their fundraising efforts help provide valuable resources, including community grants, scholarships, first-responder training and Autism Speaks Tool Kits for every stage of life."
The 2015 Give A Little Campaign raised $447,000 for charities across the nation and is a part of ACE's charitable-giving program, the ACE Community Fund. This charitable-giving program focuses on supporting organizations that help children, provide education and promote financial literacy in the communities where ACE has stores. Since its inception in 2004, the ACE Community Fund has donated more than $9.7 million to more than 50 charities.
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ACE Cash Express, Inc. is a leading retailer of financial services, including payday loans, installment loans, title loans, check cashing, bill payment, wire transfer, money orders and prepaid debit card services. ACE is the largest owner and operator of check cashing stores in the United States and the second largest owner and operator of short-term consumer loan stores in the United States. ACE focuses on serving consumers, many of whom seek alternatives to traditional banking relationships in order to gain convenient and immediate access to financial services. For additional information about ACE Cash Express, visit www.acecashexpress.com.
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Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, and repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $570 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year, Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in nearly 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 70 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.
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