Save the dates for Richie’s Alliance for Autism | Clubs / Non-Profits

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and Richie’s Alliance for Autism has announced three days of charity events, April 9 – 11.

The goals of Richie’s Alliance are to raise awareness of autism, promote understanding of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and provide much-needed support to those affected in the community.

According to the Center for Disease Control, one in 58 children in North Carolina have been identified with ASD. It is more prevalent than childhood cancer, cystic fibrosis and multiple sclerosis — combined.

Richie’s Alliance believes, “We can all make a difference,” and is grateful for all in the community who sponsored and supported Richie’s Alliance the past two years. In 2017, Richie’s Alliance was able to donate more than $50,000 to The Olson Huff Center in Asheville (division of Mission Children’s Hospital) — the only children’s hospital in Western North Carolina — and the Haywood County School Foundation’s Exceptional Children’s Program.

The Richie’s Alliance for Autism 2018 events are:

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CASINO ROYALE — At the Richie’s Alliance golf tournament April 9, sponsors will challenge players’ competitive spirit, with casino-style games and bonus opportunities for players to ‘up their game.’ Maggie Valley Club hosts the golf tournament.

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• Monday, April 9 — ‘Casino Royale’ Autism Awareness Golf Tournament

The golf tournament begins with a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start at Maggie Valley Club.

Presented by Ken Wilson Ford, the tournament promises “something fun on every hole.” Hole sponsors will challenge players’ competitive spirit, with casino-style games and bonus opportunities for players to “up their game.” The three Haywood County craft breweries and many of the restaurants from the ‘Taste’ event will be serving samples, right on the course.

Rounds are $400 per foursome and include a buffet lunch; single player tickets are $100. Players may order tickets to the ‘Taste’ event for $25. Players may also purchase tickets to the ‘Taste’ event at the discounted rate of $25 — or choose to upgrade their ticket to the ‘Taste’ VIP Pol Roger Champagne Experience at an additional cost of $75.

Registration coffee and continental breakfast begin at 8 a.m.; shot gun tee is at 9:30 a.m. 

To reserve a foursome, sign up at or call Gary Hughes at 828-412-2408.

• Tuesday, April 10 — Richie’s Alliance for Autism Dine Out/Shop Out Day

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COMMUNITY-WIDE FUNDRAISER – Join Richie’s Alliance for Autism April 10 to help raise funds and awareness during the Dine Out /Shop Out for Autism event. Local restaurants, shops and breweries will donate 10 percent of the dy’s revenues to the Olson Huff Center. 


Every year, organizations around the country celebrate throughout April with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. Join Richie’s Alliance for Autism April 10 for a community-wide fundraising event that brings together consumers to help raise funds and awareness for ASD. During the Dine Out /Shop Out for Autism event, local restaurants, shops and breweries will donate 10 percent of revenues to the Olson Huff Center (a division of Mission Children’s Hospital) and the Haywood County Schools Foundation.

Supporting this event is as simple as doing daily shopping and/or enjoying lunch or dinner out. The growing list of participating businesses can be found at

• Wednesday, April 11 — Richie’s Alliance for Autism ‘Taste,’ Featuring VIP Pol Roger Champagne Experience

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The April 11 ‘Taste’ will be one of WNC’s premier culinary benefits, featuring top chefs, wineries and brew master. Pictured is the table for the presenting sponsor, Biltmore, at the 2017 event.


Presented by Biltmore, WNC’s premier culinary benefit features top chefs, wineries, and brew masters — all coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to help make Autism more understandable.

Big names bring bold flavors to ‘Taste’ at Maggie Valley Club, with a delightful evening of gourmet food, wine, and local brews. Sample from local restaurants and mingle with the area’s top culinary talent, sip award-winning wines and local craft beer.

Auctioneer Allen Brasington will host a live auction to benefit the Olson Huff Center, a division of Mission Children’s Hospital. Dr. Adrian Sandler will speak about the program and the facility.

Champagne VIP Pol Roger Champagne Experience

Beginning at 4:30 p.m., VIP guests will experience the exclusive VIP Pol Roger Champagne tasting in the Alliance Lounge, exquisite food provided by Deer Park from Biltmore Estate. The VIP event includes wine from around the globe, a first look at silent and live auction items, live music and stunning views of the Great Smoky Mountains. At 5 p.m., entrance to ‘Taste’ will begin, allowing the VIP Guests 30 minutes of early admission. VIP tickets are $100 per guest.

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The live auction gets lively at Richie’s Alliance ‘Taste.’ Pictured are guests enjoying the 2017 live auction, which benefits the Olson Huff Center.


General Admission

General Admission begins at 5:30 p.m. and offers an evening of spectacular food, wine and local craft beers. Sample from the restaurants and mingle with the area’s top culinary talent. Bid on silent auction items, dance to a live band and enjoy the excitement of the live auction. This will be 2018’s premier foodie event for Haywood County. Tickets are $45 per guest.

To order tickets and see a list of participating restaurants, wineries and breweries, visit

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