This past Monday, October 19, members of the NECC community gathered at Wellesley Country Club for a socially-distanced golf tournament at the first ever Children of Promise Golf Invitational. Fifty-four players lucked out with warm and sunny skies, a beautiful golf course, and delicious food and drinks while raising money ahead of the virtual Children of Promise Gala, to be held November 20 at 7 PM EST.

While the Center traditionally holds two fundraising golf tournaments each summer, the Carlos Placido-Dunkin’ Golf Classic and “The Mike” Golf Invitational, both were cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Children of Promise Golf Invitational was the first in-person fundraising event for NECC this year and brought an impressive $51,880 to benefit the children with autism at NECC.

“It was disappointing to not see so many of our friends and supporters earlier this year, but we were so happy that they came out today,” said Jared Bouzan, Chief Development Officer. “This tournament showcased just how strong our community is, and how, even in difficult times, people are committed to supporting our mission.”

About The New England Center for Children

The New England Center for Children® (NECC®) is an award-winning autism education center and research institute. Our community of teachers, researchers, and clinicians have transformed the lives of thousands of children with autism worldwide through education, research, and technology. The Center provides comprehensive services to maximize independence: home-based, day, and residential programs, partner classrooms in public school systems, consulting services, the ACE® ABA Software System (, teacher professional development, and research on educational best practices.

NECC is committed to staff professional development, partnering with local colleges to provide on-site graduate training and degrees at little to no cost to the NECC teacher. The result is a growing pool of exceptional teachers trained in best-in-class methodologies, whether they continue their careers at NECC or move on to public schools or private agencies. The New England Center for Children is based in Southborough, MA. Learn more at