We’ve Come a Long Way. And, Yet, We’ve Just Begun.
The event was organized by the family and friends of Diana and David O’Brien, parents of autistic triplets. (Diana is also the Chairman and Founder of IMPACT Autism™.) In its first year, 1999, the Mayfield Classic raised $10,000. By 2010, the tournament raised over $200,000. To date, more than $1.2 million has been raised.
In 2006, the O’Brien’s, along with their friends and relatives, decided to establish IMPACT Autism with a mission to divide funds raised by the tournament among autism organizations in Greater Cincinnati. In particular, they wanted to grant funds to organizations that would have the most immediate impact on families living with this disorder. (Since its founding, IMPACT Autism has made contributions to 11 different organizations.)
Today, the O’Brien triplets are 16 years old and heading into adulthood. One of the biggest and most pressing issues to families with an autistic child or children is planning for their long-term care, comfort and happiness. To that end, in the spring of 2009, IMPACT Autism decided to extend their current charter to include a focus on adults with autism.
This was the impetus for envisioning IMPACT Every Day and IMPACT Marketplace. IMPACT Autism is now doing everything in their power to make these both a reality.