The George Butchikas Foundation
George Butchikas knows the benefits of identifying Autism early in childhood. His daughter, Camille, is Autistic.
In 1997, in an effort to help children like Camille, he established The George A. Butchikas Foundation for Autism which provides funding for families that are unable to pay for intensive behavioral services needed by Autistic children right here in Bay County, Panama City Beach, Florida.
New Autism Clinic Established at Florida State University Panama City
On August 13, the latest addition to the Florida State University Early Childhood Autism Program (FSU ECAP) was established. The Camille Butchikas ECAP Clinic was named in honor of the generous donations from George A. Butchikas Foundation for Autism.
The state-of-the-art Camille Butchikas ECAP Clinic will be used by FSU ECAP to provide Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to children diagnosed with autism and other related disorders. Previously an "in-home only" program, FSU ECAP will now be able to further meet the needs of children in the program by giving parents the option to have therapy provided in the home, in the clinic, or across both locations. The clinic will provide a quiet, enriched environment for therapy, as well as a technologically-advanced location for training of therapists and conducting innovative autism research.
The partnership between George A. Butchikas Foundation for Autism, the FSU Panama City ABA master's program, and FSU ECAP began in 2001 soon after the programs were first established. Since that time, hundreds of children in Bay County and their families have benefited from programs services made possible through contributions which now total $330,000 from the George A. Butchikas Foundation for Autism. The foundation also made a $15,000 contribution to assist in furnishing and equipping the new clinic.
Not many people know that ECAP is here in Bay County. Even fewer know how hard the program's directors and therapists work toward helping children overcome autism. Most importantly, these individuals do this all in an effort to really make a difference in the lives of children and families affected by autism... and when those differences are made, they pay offs are greater than explanation allows. That is why ECAP works so hard at what they do, and why this program is a hidden jewel in Bay County.
For more information about ECAP or if a child needs assistance, please contact:
Amy S. Polick, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Faculty, Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Programs
Director, FSU Early Childhood Autism Program (ECAP)
Florida State University, Panama City
4750 Collegiate Drive
Panama City, Florida 32405-1099
Or call Kassi at: 850.770.2241
Or visit their website at: http://ecap.pc.fsu.edu/
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - April is Autism Awareness Month and the Early Childhood Autism Program at FSU Panama City will receive a huge donation while also honoring that donor.
More than 30 people saw the Butchikas family donate to the cause, one of many the family has given to the organization. George Butchikas, who has an autistic daughter, along with his family handed over a check for $100,000 Wednesday afternoon.
This donation is going towards therapy for autistic children in Bay County whose families could not afford the behavior services otherwise.
"What we try to do is teach kids things that they need to learn to be happy and successful in their homes and in their schools. So it's a life-changing therapy plus the gift of scholarship for the families is something that is priceless," said Dr. Amy Polick, ECAP Director.
The Butchikas Family has given more than $500,000 to ECAP. The Butchikas Family Scholarship can provide families a year of behavior therapy.
2 Ways You Can Help
Whether you're a caring individual who recognizes how debilitating Autism can be for children and their families, or a business owner who can lend your support, there are some great ways you can help.
Your tax deductible cash gift will go a long way towards making a remarkable difference in the lives of local families touched by this disease.
Each year in October, The George A. Butchikas Foundation For Autism holds a SILENT AUCTION / BBQ BASH Fundraiser at Angelo's Steak Pit. The funds raised from the Auction stay right here in Bay County. A tax deductible donation of cash, merchandise or services is surely needed and will be greatly appreciated by children whose lives will be touched in an unimaginable way.
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Angelo's Steak Pit
PO Box 9008
Panama City Beach, FL 32417
Angelo's Steak Pit
9527 Front Beach Road
Panama City Beach, FL 32407
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