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Friday, September 16, 2011

Actor Joe Mantegna and Friends Help ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) Raise Funds for Children with Autism at Charity Golf Classic

 ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) a national non-profit organization based in Tarzana, California, announces its 5th Annual Charity Golf Classic raised nearly $40-thousand dollars net and accomplished its overall mission - raising much needed funds to help provide resources and fund grants for children with autism. The star-studded tournament, presented by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc., (CARD), was hosted by actor Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”) at North Ranch Country Club, in Westlake Village, California. Mantegna, who has a daughter with autism, called on the community to show their support for autism care and treatment.

Celebrity golfers included: actor Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”), world renowned autism expert Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, actor Joel Murray (“Criminal Minds”), actor Bobby Costanzo (“Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer”), actor John Capodice (“Without a Trace”), Michael Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan, 5-year old golf phenom Jaden Cantafio, actor Jason Gedrick (“Necessary Roughness”), actor Robert Torti (“Suite Life on Deck”).

Sponsors included: Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD), Taste Chicago, TWIW Insurance Services, LLC, Liberty Mutual, Howard Building Corporation, Retirement Benefits Group, Newport/Naples Rib Company, Wells Fargo, Kirsch, Kohn & Bridge LLP, Joel Surnow, Vista Lexus, Honda of Hollywood, Outdoor Channel, California Cars, Apptico Technology Group, LLC, CBS, Cherie Zaun, Trillium Sports Medicine, Calabasas Dental Care, and Tile City & Stone.

Committee members consists of golf professionals, business and community leaders, including: co-chairs Tanner Bicklehaupt and Beau Hale of TWIW Insurance Services, LLC; Read Jackson of Apptico Technology Group, LLC, professional golfer Greg Goad, Dr. Peter Grossman of the Grossman Burn Center, independent contractor Keith Miler, Dr. Michael Spagnoli of Trillium Sports Medicine, two time NFL Super Bowl Champion Chris Hayes, and ACT Today! president and world renowned autism expert Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh.

The tournament began with a shotgun start at 10:30 am and included a modified “best ball” format, three-par challenges & other contests, followed by cocktails and dinner reception with a live auction.

The winners of this year’s tournament are (seen in picture with Joe Mantegna) Greg Goad, Dave Carmel, Johnny Bruce, and Justin Walker.

ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing funding to families that cannot afford or access the treatments their children with autism need. For more information about ACT Today!, visit: www.act-today.org.

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