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Affiliate Events

The Els for Autism Affiliate Program is a volunteer-run fundraiser that includes Els for Autism Foundation as a benefiting charity of the event. Each affiliate event host is responsible for its own fundraising efforts, programs, registrations and volunteers. Examples of affiliate events include, but are not limited to, a golf tournament, charity auction, 5K walk or run, casino night, fashion show, gala, and more! Each affiliate event will receive an Els for Autism branded gift for each attendee along with an exclusive auction package including Ernie Els’ memorabilia. To learn more about the Els for Autism Affiliate Program, click here.

Registration: Affiliate Events must be registered by contacting:
Jennifer Nicholas, Events Supervisor
Phone: 561-598-6199

Affiliate Events Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I run an Affiliate Event?

Kindly note, Els for Autism Foundation will not be able to cover start-up costs, so hosts should ensure that they can recoup costs through ticket sales or registration fees.

The Els for Autism Foundation will provide the following:

  • Els for Autism branded gift for each guest attending
  • An auction item package, including Ernie Els’ memorabilia
  • Remote support from the Els for Autism Foundation events team
  • Event signage for the cost of shipping fees
  • A donation receipt upon the delivery of the Affiliate Event donation
  • Invitation for two golfers and two non-golfing guests by raising $15,000 (18,000 CAD) or more by September 19, 2023, at 3 PM EST to qualify for the Golf Challenge Grand Finale.

How are donations collected?

We recommend collecting donations using one of the following methods:

  • Affiliate Event host can collect all the funds and write a personal check to ‘Els for Autism’
  • Affiliate Event guests can write checks directly to ‘Els for Autism’ and note your Affiliate Event title in the memo line

All checks must be payable to ‘Els for Autism’. Please include the Affiliate Event name in the memo line for ALL checks. Checks can be mailed to:

Els for Autism Foundation
Attn: Affiliate Event
18370 Limestone Creek Road
Jupiter, Florida 33458

What is the Grand Finale and how do I attend?

Fundraising Deadline: All 2023 Affiliate Events that raise $15,000 (18,000 CAD) or more by September 19, 2023, at 3 PM EST qualify to attend a two-day extravaganza of golf and entertainment at the Golf Challenge Grand Finale.

2023 Grand Finale Access Includes:

  • Access to the Grand Finale for a two-person team with one non-golfing guest per player
  • One, two-person team in the Grand Finale golf tournament
  • Invitation to the Welcome Reception
  • Invitation to the Gala Celebration & Awards Ceremony
  • Two nights’ accommodation (based on double occupancy)
  • Luxury gift bag for each player

What is the Golden Circle Club?

All teams that raise $30,000 or more will gain access to the Golf Challenge’s ‘VIP Golden Circle Club’ qualifying them for a range of unique privileges including an extra night of hotel accommodations.

Where do the funds raised go?

The Foundation continues to grow its programs to improve the lives of individuals and families impacted by autism and 86% of every dollar of revenue generated goes towards those offerings. The Foundation is currently running a capital campaign to complete the construction of The Els Center of Excellence campus by the addition of The Stoops Family Foundation Adults Services building, a Sports Complex to include a gymnasium, aquatic center, and splash pad, and, a Medical and Research Facility.

For information on Affiliate Events:

Contact: Jennifer Nicholas
Phone: 561-598-6199