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APJL Consulting raises more than $58,000 in fund-raiser for Autism Speaks

WASHINGTON — Allen Parvizian, president of consulting and liquidation firm APJL Consulting, and his teammates raised $58,660 for Autism Speaks in a biking event last month.

 Autism SpeaksSeveral members of Team Parvizian pause at the halfway point in their ride, which raised more than $58,000 for Autism Speaks.

He and nine other team members pedaled 106 miles from Washington's Union Station to Dewey Beach, Del., in the Bike to the Beach 2012 DC Ride.

Parvizian personally raised $25,136. In its three years of participation in the event, Team Parvizian has raised $150,000 for Autism Speaks, a nonprofit organization that raises money to fund research into autism, advocate rights, spread awareness and provide family services to those in need.

"I am really touched by all the support over the last three years," Parvizian said. "It was almost seven years ago that we found out our son has autism and we are doing whatever we can to do our part. There are a lot of families in need who need help now, and hopefully our efforts will one day pay off."

Industry companies that contributed to the fundraising efforts included Gordon Bros. Retail Partners, A.R.T. Furniture, Warehouse M, Jofran, Rugs America, Mail America, Orleans, Parker House, Symbol, Brownstone, 3 Keys, Somerton, Lighting Enterprises, Eastern Oriental Rugs, Rossetti and Stein World.

A number of industry executives and reps also donated, including Jeff Cook, Bill Sibbick, Joel Rishty, Peter Cousins, Greg Wartman, John Dixon, Doug Krinsky and Shell Sherman.

APJL's Team Parvizian plans on adding a second team in 2013 to participate in both the New York ride and the Washington, D.C., ride.

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