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Golf tournament benefits autism center

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Hundreds of golfers are hitting the greens at Paintsville Golf Course this week.

Highlands Regional Medical Center is hosting a tournament to raise money for its Autism Center.

For three days 96 teams will battle the greens at Paintsville Golf Course all to benefit the Highlands Center for Autism.

"It's the only program of it's kind in the state of Kentucky. It focuses solely on applied behavior analysis to help treat autism," said Maxanna Cook, Director of Marketing for Highlands Health System.

With more than 100 sponsors and almost 400 golfers officials say the tournament is one of the best ways to help the center out.

"It's a very fun way for people to help out and help the children," Ted Nairn, Chairman of the Board for Highlands Regional Medical Center.

Officials with Highlands Health System say their autism program is unique in its functions.

"One child to every one behavioral therapist, so it's a very very great program for the students to have one person helping them all day as opposed to one person helping three or four children," said Cook.

Officials say they expect to raise more than $100,000 for the Autism Center during this tournament.

The last day of the tournament is Friday.

This is the 16th year overall and the 4th year the proceeds have gone to the Autism Center.


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