Two locally owned businesses raised $1,500 for the West Virginia Autism Training Center in connection with Autism Awareness Month in April.
SIP Wine and Whisky Bar and Pita Pit, Huntington-based businesses near the Huntington campus, partnered with the center to raise funds and community awareness about autism.
Allison White donated to the center 7% of each individual sale during April to SIP patrons who identified themselves as a "friend of WV ATC." In addition, SIP hosted a "SIP and TIP BIG" fundraising event in late April; administrators from the center served drinks all evening for tips, and SIP donated 10% of final sales for that night directly to WV ATC.
Pita Pit restaurant, located at 1216 4th Ave. in Huntington, collected donations for the center from customers throughout the month. Owner Stetson Myers decorated his restaurant with the center’s colorful logo to attract attention to autism and to generate dialogue about the developmental disorder.