Los Angeles, CA, July 15, 2014 -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) announces its highly anticipated 9th Annual Denim & Diamonds for Autism, benefiting children with autism, will be held on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. More than 500 attendees are expected to attend the red carpet gala, including film, television and sports celebrities, the corporate community and other autism supporters.
The red carpet fundraiser will feature a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner program with surprise celebrity presenters, live entertainment and tribute awards to the 2014 honorees: actress Holly Robinson Peete, former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, actor Nolan Gould (“Modern Family”), singer/songwriter Sophie Rose and Ventura County, Calif. philanthropist Virginia Viola.
ACT Today! is a national, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide access to care and treatment to children with autism whose families cannot afford the necessary tools their children need to reach their highest potential. Its signature fundraiser, Denim & Diamonds for Autism, is considered one of Southern California's most anticipated non-profit events of the year. Proceeds from the event will provide immediate and direct help to children with autism, including behavioral therapy, medical treatment, assistive technology, assistance dogs, social skills programs, tuition for special needs schools and assistance to military families with children with autism. Since the creation of Denim & Diamonds for Autism, ACT Today! has distributed $1.5 million in care and treatment.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2014), 1 in every 68 children in America is diagnosed with autism, making it more prevalent than juvenile diabetes, childhood cancer and pediatric AIDS combined, in addition to being the fastest growing disability in America.
"Autism is a serious societal issue and affects all of us,” said Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson, ACT Today!’s executive director. “We need to spread autism awareness and encourage others to support agencies that work on behalf of children with autism. We need to make sure that these children obtain the fundamental elements that can improve their quality of life.”
The 9th Annual Denim & Diamonds for Autism corporate sponsors (as of July 14, 2014) are: Puritas Organic Gold, Vin Di Bona Productions, Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services, LLC, Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), Aldebaran Robotics, Burbank Printing, City National Bank, Morrie Sage’s Universal City Nissan, Isabella Emporium, Westlake Magazine, Private Protective Services, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Rage Models and United Healthcare.
For more information about ACT Today!’s Denim and Diamonds visit: www.denimanddiamondsforautism.net.
About ACT Today!: ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources and funding to families of children with autism who cannot afford or access the necessary tools their children need to reach their full potential. For more information about ACT Today!, visit: www.act-today.org.
Phone: (661) 478-6512