AFA Academy-Low Country Division (LCD)

AFA Academy - LCD Mission Statement

AFA Academy-Low Country Division (LCD) is an affiliate of St. Louis-based AFA Academy. AFA Academy is the therapy and education branch of Action for Autism (AFA), which was founded on the ideas that anyone affected by autism should receive therapies, resources, education, and support to help them attain their highest potential. AFA Academy-LCD’s mission is to provide Financial Assistance and Scholarships to help children and their families (within a 200 mile radius of Bluffton, SC) to achieve this goal. In addition, AFA Academy-LCD plans to provide a unique campus where children on the autism spectrum, and with other neurodevelopmental delays, can learn, grow, and reach their full potential, all while feeling safe and confident in a positive learning environment.

Action for Autism is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization

AFA Academy - LCD Fundraising Strategy & Events

Current estimates for the lifetime cost of caring for a child with autism range from $3.5 to $5.0 million. Obviously, these numbers are not affordable for most American families, and thus AFA Academy-LCD does fundraising to assist families with a child on the autism spectrum.

AFA Academy-LCD’s fundraising plan calls for a combination of grant requests and fundraising events. To properly fund and grow AFA Academy-LCD, we need approximately $150,000-$200,000 annually for the first two years to allow AFA Academy-LCD to properly serve the majority of children with autism in the Low Country.

Fundraising events planned for the 2017-2018 years include (1) two trivia nights, (2) a 5K run and family fun walk event, (3) a marathon of golf event, and (4) a gala dinner.

AFA Academy - LCD Board of Directors

Dr. Mel Anderson
Anheuser Busch - Retired

Dr. Tara Baideme
Optical Solutions - Optometrist

Laurie Brown
Aunt Laurie’s Gift Baskets - Owner

Brittany Carter
Bluffton High School - Science Teacher

Matt Murphy
Regions Bank - Branch Manager-Hilton Head

AFA Academy - LCD Regional Directors

Brad Buechler
Executive Director

Daniel Messmer
Regional Director of Fundraising

Lisa Messmer
Regional Director of Operations

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