WGAF March 2019 Newsletter


Hello friends,

January was a very exciting month for WGAF. We held our  “First Annual Snow Ball Fundraiser” at The Inn at Oak Lawn on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The night was very successful, especially that this event was put together in three months. Over $70,000 was raised that night! We are so grateful for the business, medical, education, legal, and law enforcement communities' generous support. Michael Haigwood Goodroe, well-known author, speaker, and autism warrior, was a special guest for this event. He is the author of the  book "What Autism Gave Me: A Devastating Diagnosis To A Triumphant Life". Cade Parian of Parian Law Firm presented our live auction- and he definitely had the attention of everyone with his sense of humor! If you missed it, check out one of the items he auctioned off by clicking HERE

Thank you to the following sponsors:


Swindle Law Group, The Pilgrim Law Group, NG Turf, and Your Great Events


Miller Zell, The Sewell Foundation, and Southwire


SMI, Jason Templeton State Farm, Gradick Communications, and Carroll EMC

One of the most memorable events was when Jason Swindle, President of WGAF, had his son Jake speak. Jake is the reason why WGAF was established. His speech pulled every heartstring. Please click below to watch the video of Jake:


We have just launched our Grant Page to help those that need services! We will begin the review of applications after April 30, 2019, and will award our grants until funds are exhausted. Please share this with anyone who may benefit from our services. Here is the link to apply: https://www.wgaautism.org/apply-for-grants/

Here are ways you can help out WGAF:

  1. Use our PayPal link where you can make donations towards the West Georgia Autism Foundation. It is also on our website under “Donate” or simply clicking here: https://www.wgaautism.org/donate/  or if you prefer the direct PayPal link, here it is: https://www.paypal.me/WestGaAutism

  2. We are looking to partner up with restaurants and facilities for Spirit Nights. If you would like to make suggestions for places, or you/someone you know is in charge of Spirit Nights, please contact Carrie Denham at wgaf.carriedenham@gmail.com or Jenn Toney at jennifertoney1@gmail.com

4.Add WGAF to your  Kroger Rewards’ card, where they will donate a percentage of sales to West Georgia Autism Foundation. Visit http://www.kroger.com/ Once logged into your Kroger account, simply search for West Georgia Autism Foundation. Inc either by name or MU324. If you do not have a Kroger account, you can create one for free. Kroger will send you coupons, plus you can earn Fuel Points for discounts on fuel purchases. Please sign up and share with your family and friends.

5. If you plan to shop at Amazon, please consider shopping through Amazon Smile. They will donate a portion of each purchase to the West Georgia Autism Foundation. Simply go to smile.amazon.com, and type “West Georgia Autism Foundation” under charities. In order for WGAF to receive the donation, you must shop through Amazon Smile, not the Amazon website.


Thank you to everyone that has been apart of WGAF!

West Georgia Autism Fundraiser