April is Autism Awareness month, and on Friday night, April 25, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association hosted a special evening of racing to help benefit a local organization.

The event was coordinated by MSOA Director Brad Buxton, MSOA Public Relations Director Heather Wilder, and horse owner John Olshefski.

Olshefski is the driving force behind the Liv With Autism Foundation, and the Liv With Autism Stable, named for his daughter, Olivia, who is autistic.

Olshefski, who has horses racing at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs, The Meadowlands and The Meadows, donates a percentage of all of his horses’ earnings to the foundation.

The MSOA donated its commission from the eighth race on the card to autism awareness.  Olshefski wanted the donation to stay local in the Western Pennsylvania area, so the race will benefit Autism Atlas, an organization based in Pittsburgh.

The evening provided an even bigger benefit to autism awareness, as one of the Liv With Autism Stable’s horses, Chekov, finished second the 15th race of the night.

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