Think Retail Supports Autism Speaks

July 22, 2011

This past Father's Day, on June 21, I participated with my family, in the inaugural Walk Now for Autism Speaks event, in Montreal. Our team, Matthew's Army, was created and named in honour my 9 year old son (Matthew), who suffers from autism.

It was an emotional day for us, as we joined other families that have been affected by this syndrome. The event was hosted by Autism Speaks Canada, who are the nation's leading advocate for children with autism. Their motto is 'Autism Speaks - It's Time to Listen'. On this day, autism did indeed speak, as over 800 people turned out to participate in the walk. I want to thank Suzanne Lanthier and Autism Speaks Canada for all of their efforts that made this a very special event for those in attendance.

Matthew's Army raised a total of $12,500. I so greatly wish to acknowledge and thank the following friends and business partners for their tremendous support. Your contributions are very much appreciated:

Van Agioritis
Emmanuel Amar
Andrea Brady
Bizou International Inc
Rachel & Ken Browner
Steven Chaimberg
Dinah Corriveau
Glenn Featherstone
Robert Gauthier
Jeff Grostern
Abe Grunspan
Happy Face Investments
Les Entreprises Hot Fudge
Le Creuset Canada Inc
Karen Kolodny
Vita Kolodny & Mel Krajden
Michael Korenberg
Penny Levine
Marc Mintzberg
Dean Mendel
Brian Nosko
Park Royal Shopping Centre (Larco Development)
Place Tevere Group
Josee Pelosse
Frank Reda
Jonathan Reisler
Karen Ritter
Jaime Roskies
Steven Rothman
Ruscio Studio
Scott Sincerbeaux
Sean Walters
Wilmslow Property Group
Gary Zentner

Today, 1 in 150 kids are diagnosed with autism, making it more common pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined.

For more information on Autism Speaks Canada, please visit their website at