The McNeese State University Autism Program was one of 60 organizations in six states that won grants in the Albertsons LLC inaugural Community Partners Challenge. The autism program was awarded a $7,500 grant from Albertsons through the McNeese Foundation. Organizations were invited to submit requests for grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 and the most-voted for programs online in various categories were awarded grants. In total, 1,8 million votes were cast in the 15 days that the challenge was open for voting. The Albertsons Community Partners program helps schools and non-profit organizations earn money for their programs when their supporters shop at Albertsons Stores. On hand for the donation are from left: Gary Hains, Albertsons store manager, Tom Tuminello Sr., foundation board member, and Scott Williamson, autism program director.