2013 is already shaping up to be a very exciting, rewarding, and busy year for the Carino's Foundation. This month alone has been packed with some of this year's most anticipated events and partnerships.
We kicked off March with one of my favorite events - The Gold Stirrup Horse Show at Rodeo Austin. This marked the fifth year for the Carino's Foundation to sponsor the Gold Stirrup Show, and I cannot be more proud. With the entry fees for each of the participants funded through our pledge, we have had the privilege to watch this event grow into one of the largest horse shows in Texas for adults with special needs. It is truly a moving experience for everyone involved, and I look forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come.
March also brings attention to the fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) - a cause that we passionately support in memory of our friend Zach and in honor of all boys fighting DMD. The Carino's Foundation has continued our annual support of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy(PPMD) as part of our $500,000 pledge to this amazing organization. In addition, we extended our sponsorship for a second year to CureDuchenne at their annual Champions to CureDuchenne Gala on March 22nd. The event was a huge success and a lot of fun. DMD is a fatal disease that affects over 300,000 boys worldwide. I am so proud to stand with organizations like PPMD and CureDuchenne who are relentlessly working to cure Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and save this generation of Duchenne boys.
While March is winding down, preparations for April are in full gear. For the fourth consecutive year, The Carino's Foundation will again support Autism Speaks for National Autism Awareness Month in April. Our pledge of $30,000 will support this fantastic organization in their important autism research and advocacy efforts. With as many as 1 in every 88 children nationwide who are affected by autism, we are truly grateful for the work they do each and every day and the meaningful impact they have in our communities. Visit Johnny Carino's in April and join us as we "Light it up Blue" and raise awareness for Autism.