On a breezy yet bright Monday morning, 132 golfer philanthropists met at the Franklin Country Club to play 18 holes and raise funds for autism education and research.

The Annual Carlos Placido Dunkin’ Golf Classic has been supporting The New England Center for Children® (NECC®) for 21 years, thanks to Dunkin’ franchisee Neal Faulkner, who started the event and today also serves on NECC’s Board of Directors.

The Golf Classic brings together Dunkin’ franchisees and vendors from around the region. Nigel Travis, former Dunkin’ Brands CEO, Mark Cafua, Dunkin’ franchisee, and Tony Weisman, Dunkin’ Chief Marketing Officer, also participated.

“We are grateful for the support of the participants and sponsors and especially to our Dunkin’ friends who support the work of The New England Center for Children year after year,” said Vincent Strully, NECC President and CEO.

“Today, one in fifty-nine children is diagnosed with autism. The Golf Classic has been a tremendous success raising more than $2 million for NECC over the past twenty-one years. The funds directly impact skills development for children with autism around the world, educational research dissemination, and NECC staff professional development. These programs ensure students with autism receive the best services available.”

Featured sponsors of the event include SureShot Solutions, The Andrade Group, Taylor Donuts, and Investment Properties.

Participants had the opportunity to win raffle items including Billy Joel tickets in the Dunkin’ Suite at Fenway, tickets to numerous Boston area summer attractions, and playing opportunities at select golf courses. Wormtown Brewing, Maui Jim, and Two Guys Smoke Shop were on-site to provide participants with refreshments and specialty gear.

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