Congratulations to Michael Phelps, Honorary Board Member of Pathfinders for Autism

Monday, August 18, 2008

Pathfinders for Autism extends congratulations and continued good wishes to our Honorary Board Member, Michael Phelps, for his amazing performance in the 2008 Olympic Games.

We are honored that Michael and his mother, Debbie, have supported our efforts to improve the lives of individuals with autism since 2003. Michael became involved with Pathfinders for Autism through his connection to Mason Surhoff. Mason, who has autism, is the son of Pathfinders for Autism founders - Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame member B.J. Surhoff and Polly Winde-Surhoff, USA National Swimming Team (1979 – 1986), four-time All-American at North Carolina, and a member of the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame.

Michael and Mason met while swimming together daily at North Baltimore Aquatic Club. Mason and Michael became good friends and Michael was eager to assist when Pathfinders called upon him to participate in a public service announcement in 2004 to promote “Autism Awareness.”

Since that time, Michael has supported Pathfinders with donations of autographed items to raise funds to support our programs. And, this fall, October 25, 2008 – Michael will participate (along with Katie Hoff, The Surhoffs, Brian Roberts, Bob and Kendel Ehrlich, Dave Pietramala, Nicole Johnson, and Jessica Long ) as a celebrity model in An Evening of Fashion & Fun, sponsored by Bob Davidson Ford Lincoln Mercury and hosted by Geppi’s Entertainment Museum. Click Here to see details on this inaugural fund raising event.

Pathfinders for Autism offers our sincere appreciation to Michael Phelps and wishes him continued success!

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