Shawn Coyle is a familiar face to motorists at the corner of Ferry and Chelsea Streets.
Coyle, owner of Ferry Street Ink and Coyle Electric, is conducting his annual autism awareness fundraising event in the city at a spot near his well-known tattoo shop at 8 Ferry St.
Coyle is dedicating his efforts to his 13-year-old son, Shane, who has autism and attends school in Everett.
“I do this event every year,” said Coyle, noting that April is Autism Awareness Month. “We used to donate the proceeds to the whole autism awareness fund. Now we give away the proceeds to a local family with an autistic child.”
Last year Coyle raised a total of $5,000, which was given to a local family.
He is grateful to the many residents who have donated to the cause. “I can’t say enough about the people who have been coming by. My friends, family, and strangers – they just drop money in the bucket. They’re really supportive of our efforts. This is a cause that touches everyone and the people of Everett have been great.”
Coyle thanked Police Chief Steven Mazzie for his support and lauded Divine Signs of Everett for donating signs. He also singled out his staff, Evan Eykel and Benny Fray, for their support of the fundraising campaign.
Coyle said he is considering a 5-kilometer run in the city as a future fundraiser for autism.