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Bronxville School Eight Grader Matthew Pasquale to be Honored for Service to Autistic Community PDF Print Email

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By Kevin T. Cook, Co-Chair, ADO's Philanthropy Awards Breakfast

Jan. 22, 2020:  Matthew Pasquale, an eighth-grader at the Bronxville School, will be honored with the Youth in Philanthropy award at the annual Philanthropy Awards Breakfast hosted by the Association of Development Officers (ADO) of Westchester County on March 4.

Matthew was selected by a committee of ADO’s Board in recognition of his efforts at school, in Bronxville and throughout the County to raise awareness of and funds for autism research.

“I love my brother, Jack,” said the outgoing pre-teen in a recent conversation, “and I want others to accept him as I do, even though he has autism and sometimes acts differently.”

Jack is a year older than Matthew and also in eighth grade at The Bronxville School. Matthew plays basketball for the St. Joseph CYO team and at school, loves NBA games, enjoys learning about all subjects and watches re-runs of The Office. Jack is a Broadway junkie, loves singing, animals, swimming, and track.

In 2016, Matthew organized an Autism Awareness Club while still in elementary school and a team to walk in the annual Autism Speaks Walk in support of his brother. Those efforts continue, and he and his friends plan to participate in this year’s Walk on Sunday, June 7, at NYP Hospital in White Plains.

Bake sales, coin collection boxes, and a presentation to the student body are all part of his campaign to promote inclusion and acceptance of all individuals. Matthew and his team have raised almost $30,000 in the past four years!

It’s not just fund-raising for the national organization; it’s the acceptance and engagement with ‘kids who are different’ that really motivates Matthew. He is grateful to a group of middle-school girls who make a weekly lunch group with Jack a weekly event, and he quickly credits his buddies (Nicholas Raneri, Andrew Kennedy, Connor Kenny, Luke Arrighi, Thomas Sheumack, Haiden Garbarini, Buck Coquillette, Jack Sipple and Charlie Donohue) for their time and efforts for the Autism Awareness Club.

Matthew’s parents, Annunziata and David Pasquale, are proud of both sons and their supportive, close relationship. They are particularly struck by the empathy displayed by the Bronxville students:

“The students are mature beyond their years. They continually go out of their way for others and are inclusive in everything ranging from school work to extracurricular activities. We have a hard time imagining a better place than Bronxville in which to raise our boys.”

Further information on the Philanthropy Awards Breakfast may be found on the ADO website: ADOonline.org or from Breakfast co-chair, Bronxville resident Kevin Cook at 914.960.4282.


Pictured:  Matthew Pasquale

Photo courtesy Pasquale family


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