The STARS & STRIKES bowling tournament, benefiting children with autism, will be held on January 29, 2012 at Bowlmor Lanes in Tustin, California.
ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) and The Eddie Guardado Foundation (EGF), two national non-profit organizations based in Southern California, announce a celebrity STARS & STRIKES bowling tournament will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2012 from 5 pm to 8:30 pm at Bowlmor Lanes, located at 2405 Park Avenue in Tustin, California. The event, hosted by ACT Today! and EGF, which formed an alliance in January 2011, will help provide resources and grants to children with autism whose families cannot afford the necessary care and treatment their children need to reach their full potential.
|Ava and father Eddie Guardado|
“Thanks to Eddie's successful baseball career we have felt financially blessed to be able to give our daughter, Ava, all the therapies that she has needed,” says Lisa Guardado, wife of retired Major League Baseball (MLB) Pitcher Eddie Guardado and ACT Today! board member. “Through fundraising events like STARS & STRIKES, we hope to help other less fortunate families so that they may achieve their goals and dreams for their children affected by autism.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 110 children in America is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), making ASD more prevalent than juvenile diabetes, pediatric cancer and childhood AIDS combined. Guardado hopes the community will come together to raise autism awareness and much needed funds to help children with the developmental disorder.
“This will be our first time organizing a bowling tournament in Orange County,” says Lisa Guardado. “In the past, we have raised about $50,000 at a single event. However, with the community’s help and celebrity outreach, we are confident that we can raise much more.”
Confirmed celebrities playing in the tournament, include (as of November 3): 2-Time All-Star Pitcher "Everyday Eddie" Guardado, LA Angels of Anaheim 4-Time All-Star Torii Hunter, Texas Rangers 6-Time All-Star Michael Young, Texas Rangers 2-Time All-Star Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers Derek Holland, Hall-of-Famer Rod Carew, LA Angels of Anaheim 3-Time All-Star Garret Anderson, Arizona Diamondbacks All-Star Pitcher J. J. Putz, Milwaukee Brewers LaTroy Hawkins, Former MLB Player and Radio Personality Rex Hudler, All-Star Pitcher Jamie Moyer, Milwaukee Brewers Brandon Kintzler, Cincinnati Reds Carlos Fisher, St. Louis Cardinals Brad Thompson, Former MLB Player Adam Melhuse, 2-Time All-Star Pitcher Aaron Sele, All-Star Pitcher Chad Cordero, and Texas Rangers Coach and Former MLB Player Gary Pettis.
Events such as the STARS & STRIKES bowling tournament allow ACT Today! to raise essential funds to provide grants for families in desperate need of care and treatment. In the past year, ACT Today! has distributed $340,000 in grants to families.
For more information about the STARS & STRIKES event, including sponsorship opportunities and tickets to attend the event, visit www.act-today.org.