Coconis Furniture held their annual Tee It Up Fore Autism Golf Tournament at the Zanesville Country Club on Monday. The Coconis family started the tournament four years ago as a way to give back to local families.
"With having a child in the family with Autism, it was just a good fit and it’s a great way to raise money in a big way, for local families," said Shannon Coconis, President of the National Autism Association of Southeast Ohio.
Over 140 golfers came out in Monday’s rain for the tournament as teams and some also played as individuals. They were able to enjoy an after golf party and entertainment following the tournament. Coconis says last year they raised about $30,000 and she says she hopes to surpass that amount this year.
"We couldn’t raise the money we raise and be as successful as we are and give back to families if it weren’t for those businesses, so just a huge thank you to them."
Puzzle pieces, the symbol for Autism that represents the mystery and complexity of the disorder were placed around the country club as a way for area businesses to sponsor local children living with the disorder. All of the proceeds benefit the National Autism Association of Southeast Ohio.