Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri and his wife Susan presented a check for over $42,000 to the Kelberman Center on Thursday..

The money was raised at the 2018 Mayor's Benefit Gala which was held last month.

The Kelberman Center will use the funding to launch an early intervention screening initiative led by a clinical licensed psychologist through the Kelberman Center Clinic.

The program aims to help families with children up to 8 years of age by catching early warning signs and then assisting them in accessing appropriate services and resources.

"The Kelberman Center is honored to have been chosen by Mayor Palmieri and the Gala Committee as this year's beneficiary, and we are truly humbled by the outpouring of support from the amazing people and businesses of Utica," said Dr. Robert Myers, Executive Director. "We'd like to express our deep gratitude for an outstanding evening and most importantly for raising the critical funds that will allow us to expand autism screening services and support for the area's next generation."