Local NFL Star to attend our Gala

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Local Football Hero Carries the Ball for the Autism Cares Foundation

On the football field New York Giants Justin Pugh is all rough and tumbleBut when it comes to supporting local children, the starting offensive tackle has a tender touch.

To show his support for local families who have been affected by autism, Pugh will attend the Autism Cares Foundation upcoming May 2 Charity Gala & Silent Auction at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in downtown Philadelphia. In addition to Pugh, there will also be more than 200 guests who support ACF.

Pugh, a native of Holland, played for the Council Rock South Golden Hawks where he was named 2008 team MVP and defensive player of the year as a team captain.

“I am fortunate that life has been good to me and I would like to give back to the community that has always supported me,” says Pugh, a graduate of Council Rock South High School. “Area code 215 is where everything started for me. I love children, and I learned from my family that you have to care for those who need you, and never forget your roots.”

The 23-year-old local hero went on to play college football for Syracuse University earning All-Big East Conference honors in three consecutive seasons, and was selected by the Giants with the 19th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

So, it is especially gratifying that he is coming home to give back to his Bucks County community. His family members still reside in Holland, and couldn’t be prouder of their fine young man on and off the playing field.

When Pugh has the time he returns to his high school to spend a little time with the coaches and the players. Friends, including best pal Jake Lerner, say that they are not surprised that Pugh is concerned about autistic children and their families.

“Justin is a very caring guy,” said Lerner, 23, an aspiring sports agent, who first became friends with Pugh in the first grade. “Truthfully, in my opinion he’s gotten more humble since he got to the NFL. He’s always been a level-headed guy who puts family and friends first. This is a good cause and as soon as he heard about it, he was there. Justin is happy to be there for children and families who need him in his home town.”

Gala tickets are still available. For further information, make a donation, to sponsor an event, to volunteer, or attend the Gala, please go to the Autism Cares Foundation web-site at www.autismcaresfoundation.org or call 215-559-2273.