In an interview with Public Eye, hotel and spa owner Sergio Cocchia said he's discussed having the provincial government commit $20 million toward building a autism education and research centre with Premier Gordon Campbell. Mr. Cocchia says he doesn't know whether that funding has been approved. But he and his wife Wendy have already started raising money for that centre. Last month, The Vancouver Sun's Malcolm Parry reported Ms. Cocchia's annual Women's Media Golf Classic "raised the tourney's reported $2.7 million past earnings by '$90,000 and counting' for a new Pacific Autism Family Centre." Attendees at the fundraiser's banquet included Premier Campbell.
July 28, 2008