(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz is partnering up with Badia Spices on October 30 at 10:30am to help raise funds for The Dan Marino Foundation to assist and treat those with autism.
Commissioner Diaz and Joseph "Pepe" Badia, CEO of Badia Spices will be working the factory line as they package and label bottles of Badia's Extra Virgin Olive Oil. From now until December 31, 2012, Badia Spices will donate 5% of the proceeds from every bottle sold to The Dan Marino Foundation to empower children and young adults with autism so their future can take root and blossom.
Commissioner Diaz has always been a strong advocate for the autism community and in 2009, he sponsored Autism Awareness Month in Miami-Dade County. The specially-designated month is to increase awareness about autism and treatment, as well as promote research to fight the disorder. In 2011, he also sponsored a resolution urging the Florida Legislature to establish the Dan Marino Foundation Florida Vocational College, to assist students ages 18 to 28 who have development disabilities and who are no longer eligible for exceptional student education funding due to age or graduation from high school with the opportunity to obtain a post-secondary education on a college campus setting.
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that impairs communication skills and social abilities. There is no known cause or cure for autism, which is estimated to affect 1 out of every 88 children born in the United States.
For more information, please visit The Dan Marino Foundation's website at www.danmarinofoundation.org