estimated one out of 70 boys is diagnosed with autism in the United
States. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with
childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes or pediatric AIDS combined.
This year during April, Autism Awareness Month, IMUSA is launching an
Autism Speaks fundraising program to get retailers involved. Specially
designed Sauté Pans bearing the Autism Speaks “Puzzle Piece” logo will
be available to retailers at a very appealing cost. “We hope the low cost
of entry will encourage retailers to offer these pans at a great value
to their customers and also donate a percentage of the sale to Autism
Speaks,” said Gaunaurd.
To reach the Team IMUSA donation page, visit www.imusausa.com.
According to the team, there is absolutely no donation that is too small.
Pennies add up to dollars and every single cent will help fund the research
and continue to raise awareness of this growing epidemic.
IMUSA is a proud sponsor and advocate of Autism Speaks, an organization that dedicates itself to autism research and conducts awareness,
education, and outreach activities. Raising more than $200,000 in just
three years, Team IMUSA, as a group and in conjunction with other
partners, has also:
• Chaired Miami’s Walk for Autism fundraising event;
• Was a Presenting Sponsor for the 2011 Walk;
• Was awarded Top Sponsor of the year in 2011;
• Implemented new fundraising programs that generate fresh
• Developed gluten-free recipes for autistic children;
• Raised over $130,000 since 2010, with an Autism Awareness
Month promotion implemented together with Florida’s largest
Latin supermarket chain, Sedano’s Markets;
• Created Autism Speaks Sauté Pan promotion for 2012 to get
housewares retailers involved; and
• In cooperation with Autism Speaks and Intelligencia Research,
is pioneering the first qualitative research for Hispanic families
affected by autism.
IMUSA is much more than a cookware company. It is part of a larger
community; a community of retailers, of home cooks, of employees
and of a global Latin community, to name just a few. It is also part of
the caring community, a community enriched by giving back to those
that will benefit from its involvement.
“Providing hope is the reason I became involved with Autism Speaks
back in 2008 when I attended my first Autism Speaks Walk. I will
be going into my fourth year of actively being involved with Autism
Speaks, where I humbly serve as the walk chair for Miami Dade
County, board member for the Miami Dade Chapter and a committee
member for the National Corporate Development team,” said IMUSA
president, Manny Gaunaurd.
Autism affects children and families. Statistics identify around one in
110 American children as on the autism spectrum – a 600 percent increase in prevalence over the past two decades. Studies also show that
autism is three to four times more common among boys than girls. An
Manny Gaunaurd and Raul Corzo of IMUSA at Miami’s Walk for