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Autism Society benefits after Rustbelt throwdown

Fundraiser held at Team BSS in Boardman raised $6,150 from participants and raffles.

YOUNGSTOWN — The Autism Society of Mahoning Valley was a beneficiary after last month's Spring Throwdown in the Rustbelt organized by Team BSS in Boardman.

This first-time Strongman competition on March 20 raised $6,150 for the society.

The event offered various challenges for participants throughout the day as well as a gift basket raffle and 50/50 with all proceeds donated to ASMV.

The donation was the organization's largest third-party fundraiser since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020.

“We appreciate local businesses helping our organization so we can continue to serve the needs of the local autism community,” said Robin Suzelis, ASMV director, said in a news release. “With support like this, we can provide much-needed direct information and referral to parents as well as host family and social programs.”

Spring Throwdown was a lead-in to the Mahoning Valley Warrior that will be June 5 at the Canfield Fairgrounds. Team BSS will host the Strongman Challenge events.

“We wanted a way to get top athletes together from the region to compete while helping some great area families," said Shawn Schumaker, Team BSS owner. "The programs and resources the Autism Society provides are a reminder of how the Mahoning Valley needs to work together to support each other."