A blog about resources for autism and care and treatment.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Major League All-Star Pitcher Eddie Guardado to Host Autism All Star Meet and Greet Benefiting ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!)



Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Pitcher Eddie Guardado, also known as Everyday Eddie, will host The Eddie Guardado Foundation for Autism Fundraiser on Sunday, September 25, 2011 from 4 pm to 10 pm at the Scandia Amusement Park, located at 1155 S. Wanamaker Avenue in Ontario, California.

Proceeds from the game will go to benefit ACT Today!’s (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) mission of providing resources and funding grants for children with autism whose families cannot afford the necessary tools their child needs to reach their full potential.

The fundraiser will feature former MLB players catcher Ken Huckaby, right-handed MLB pitcher Kirk Saarloos, MLB catcher Adam Melhuse, MLB journeyman outfielder Trenidad Hubbard, and MLB first baseman/outfielder Brian Hunter. The event is sponsored by Game Flash, Hansen’s Natural, CSUF Baseball, Athletic Republic, Siggys and ACT Today!.

Tickets for the September 25th fundraiser are $45 per person to attend the all-star meet and greet with unlimited use of all Scandia Attractions, and $30 per person includes the meet and greet only.


In addition, through the month of September, the ESPN Zone in Anaheim, California will donate one dollar to The Eddie Guardado Foundation whenever a “Sweet & Salty Sinker Slider” is sold. The foundation will in turn contribute the funds to ACT Today!’s mission.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 110 children in America is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), making it more prevalent than pediatric cancer, juvenile diabetes and childhood AIDS.

“This is fun way for all families and baseball lovers to come out and help us raise autism awareness, as well as much needed funds for children with autism who are in desperate need of care and treatment, “ says ACT Today!’s Executive Director Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson. “We’re so pleased to have the incredible and continuous support of The Eddie Guardado Foundation.” The Eddie Guardado Foundation recently provided a $27-thousand dollar grant to ACT Today!’s Assistive Technology program, allowing the non-profit organization to distribute 45 iPads to children nationwide.

For more information about the 
The Eddie Guardado Foundation for Autism Fundraiser, visit www.eddieguardado18.com.

Contributions by entities like The Eddie Guardado Foundation enable ACT Today! to continue its mission of providing resources and fund grants for autism care and treatment. In the past year, ACT Today! has distributed over $240,000 in grants to families. For more information about ACT Today!, visit www.act-today.org.

About The Eddie Guardado Foundation:
The Eddie Guardado Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established by Major League All-Star Pitcher, Eddie Guardado and his wife Lisa, funds individual families affected by Autism by reducing their out of pocket expenses for therapy and treatment.

For more information about The Eddie Guardado Foundation, visit www.eddieguardadofoundation.org.

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.

About ACT TODAY!:
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.

Baseball Superstar Eddie Guardado’s Foundation Grants the Wish to Communicate and Learn for Children with Autism

Major League All-Star Pitcher Eddie Guardado and his wife Lisa, have awarded ACT Today! with a $27-thousand dollar grant. The grant is dispersed from the The Eddie Guardado Foundation. Funds from the grant will be used to provide iPads to children with autism with limited communication skills. To date, ACT Today! has distributed 45 iPads to children
in need around the country.

“Because of Eddie’s career we’ve been blessed with the resources to get our daughter Ava the therapy and treatment she really needs,” says Lisa Guardado, co-founder of The Eddie Guardado Foundation. “We also know that’s just not the case for the vast majority of families affected by autism. We are so happy to be able to help organizations like ACT Today! who share our concern and are making a difference in the lives of children with autism.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 110 children in America is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), making it more prevalent than pediatric cancer, juvenile diabetes and childhood AIDS. Researchers have found that children with autism tend to be visual learners who gravitate toward technology and screens and can make significant gains via certain educational technologies such as iPads and Skills®.

ACT Today! has recently established an Assisted Technology Program which to address specific needs of children diagnosed with ASD. “We’re committed to providing the families we serve with the opportunity to access these new tools which will ensure their children with autism continue to gain new abilities and reach their full potential,” says ACT Today!’s Executive Director Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson. ““We are grateful for Eddie’s and Lisa’s generosity, compassion and support which allow us to continue our mission. The response from those who have received assistance is overwhelming.”

”We have downloaded many wonderful apps that help my son Max with reading, math, and telling time. Despite years of different therapies, Max still struggles with his play skills, but the iPad has sparked his imagination with creative the apps and has become quite the social tool. We believe that Max, like his new iPad, has limitless potential. Thank you for helping him,” says Rachelle, Max’s mother.
“I saw Dustin yesterday and was excited to see him in action with his new iPad! He was so excited to show me how to use it. I love that it is an easy way to help him communicate, but hadn’t even thought about the appeal of the fun apps on there in terms of motivating his peers to interact with him,” says Behavior Therapist Taira Lanagan, MS, BCBA. ”He showed me how he can use to help him talk. I have known Dustin for 6 years and have never seen him so excited. Thank you!”

Contributions by entities like The Eddie Guardado Foundation enable ACT Today! to continue its mission of providing resources and fund grants for autism care and treatment. In the past year, ACT Today! has distributed over $240,000 in grants to families. For more information about ACT Today!, visit www.act-today.org. For more information about The Eddie Guardado Foundation, visit www.eddieguardadofoundation.org.