Humanitarian & Philanthropist To Receive Autism Foundation Award at Moraga Golf Tourney
Nickerson is the premier sponsor for the Foundation’s annual CAF Golf Classic, a golf tournament that raises funds for A Better Chance School children’s summer camp.
The CAF Humanitarian Award will be presented on June 23 at the Moraga Country Club.
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“We are delighted to announce that Steven Cash Nickerson will be honored with CAF’s Humanitarian Award, which has been named after him,” says Valisha Fullard, executive director of the foundation.
“Mr. Nickerson has played a fundamental part in helping CAF raise awareness and provide support for members of the community who have autism.”
“I am incredibly honored to be presented with this award,” said Nickerson, president and CFO of PDS Tech Inc. “This is a cause that’s very close to me, and I’m grateful I’ve found a partner in the California Autism Foundation.”
He has held a variety of legal and executive positions in his 25+ year professional career, including an attorney and marketing executive for Union Pacific Railroad.
Nickerson is an avid martial artist and instructor and the author of BOOMerangs: Engaging the Aging Workforce in America.
He has appeared on numerous radio programs across the country, and services on multiple boards, including the International Council of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute and the Equifax Workforce Solutions Client Advisory Board.
In addition to his work and charitable support of CAF, Nickerson is an active philanthropist around the country, particularly in St. Louis, where he was editor of the law review and a recipient of the US Steel Scholarship when he attended Washington University and holds both a JD and an MBA from the institution.
Nickerson’s charity, David’s Cure , has raised over $200K for the Siteman Cancer Center, a hospital and research facility that is dedicated to finding cures for prostate cancer. In 2010, Nickerson received an award from Washington University for his support of the Harris Institute’s Crimes Against Humanity Initiative.
California Autism Foundation, located in Richmond, is in its 31st year of service.
Thousands of children and adults have received support through its five programs: Residential, Supported Living, Day, Work, and ABC School. Currently over 120 staff and Directors serve 170 families of adults and children with autism.
“Children and adults with autism benefit from avoiding disruption to their daily routine,” says John Visbal, the Vice President of the Board of Directors at the California Autism Foundation.
“The gap between the school year and summer school always presents challenges to the families and children served by the foundation. We depend on support from people like Steven Cash Nickerson who are willing to share their success by giving to worthwhile causes that improve the lives of families with autism.”
“That is what a humanitarian does,” Visbal adds. “He or she not only improves the welfare and happiness of others, but is committed to ensuring that everyone enjoys the same rights to health, safety, and equality around the world.”