Cliff’s Local Market, Kelberman Center raise funds for autism awareness, support


Cliff’s Local Market and the Kelberman Center are teaming up for October to spread awareness and raise funds for autism programs and services.

Beginning Thursday, Oct. 1, and lasting throughout the month, all Cliff’s Local Markets will be offering autism awareness puzzle pieces for purchase at their registers as a charitable fundraiser for the Kelberman Center.

When customers purchase a paper puzzle piece, they are helping local children and adults with autism reach their fullest potential, say officials with both the Kelberman Center and Cliff’s Local Markets.

“Community partnerships are vital to sustaining programs and services at the Kelberman Center,” said the Kelberman Center’s Executive Director Tara Costello.

“This commitment to helping children and adults and their families is a gift that will allow families to be connected with life-changing autism services now and for years to come,” Costello said. “Thank you to Cliff’s Local Market and to the Clifford family for making our friends, neighbors and family members with autism feel truly included and celebrated.”  

“As a local community partner, the Clifford team is thrilled to be joining the Kelberman Center in raising additional awareness and support for autism,” said Jim Clifford, owner and president of Clifford Fuel Co. Inc. and Cliff’s Local Market. “We know our store teams and generous patrons across Central New York will embrace this event, which we expect will provide a strong first year and ongoing success.”

“We have great admiration and appreciation for The Kelberman Center and the fine work they do with local families in our communities,” Clifford added.

The Kelberman Center, an affiliate of Upstate Caring Partners, Inc., provides an array of programs and services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder and their families, with locations in both Utica and Syracuse. Specialized staffing is highly trained to meet the needs of individuals with ASD and includes psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and educational and behavior specialists, the agency said. 

Cliff’s Local Market, locally owned and operated, is a chain of 19 convenience stores located throughout the central New York area.

Cliff’s stores offer a variety of options with made-to-order fresh food selections, brewed coffee, pizzas and other selections. With nearly 60 years in business, the Clifford family has a long history of giving back to communities through supporting several charities, community-wide events, and local organizations.


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