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GGA, from its very inception, has taken an active role in furthering the work of those organizations and initiatives throughout North America and the world that are working to further autism research and raise awareness of its importance for families.
As part of this work, GGA raised $2-million and bought a 2,400-square-foot house in Sandestin, Florida. The house, which sleeps 14, provides financially challenged families touched by autism a place to take a vacation, year round, at no expense.
In addition, GGA has partnered with Canada’s Unity for Autism in an agreement that will see GGA take on a major sponsorship role in the charity’s annual golf tournament and dinner event. GGA will be providing a donation of 30 or more weeks free accommodation at the Sandestin home and working with the charity to add more vacation properties in Orlando, Miami and Ontario, Canada.
GGA has also partnered with two major autism therapy and support services organizations, the Dan Marino Foundation and Kerry’s Place, to provide vacation opportunities through donations of the use of the Sandestin home.
GGA personnel work closely with Altruvest Charitable Services to help improve the governance and leadership capabilities of charitable organizations throughout North America.
GGA personnel have acted in senior leadership roles within Future Possibilities for Kids (“FPK”) which is a community-based organization that operates in both New York and Toronto. FPK works with children in under-served communities and helps them become leaders through the creation of meaningful Goals of Contribution to help their local communities.
In early 2012, GGA purchased its first vacation home in Sandestin, Florida to serve the needs of families living with autism. The GGA team raised $2 million for this initial residential property on Florida’s Emerald Coast that offers no-cost vacation stays to children with autism and their families.
GGA Senior Partner Luis Navas has firsthand experience with autism, as his son developed a regressive form of the condition at age 2. Mr. Navas describes his motivation for purchasing the Emerald Coast vacation house, which comfortably sleeps 14, as stemming from a conversation he had with a corporate CEO who had quietly contributed the majority of his income to charitable endeavors.
For an informative piece on the history of this initiative, you can read more here.
For more information on how families living with autism can reserve some vacation time at the Sandestin location, please contact Luis at: