A blog about resources for autism and care and treatment.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Reaction Audio Visual Sponsors ACT Today!’s 7th Annual Denim & Diamonds for Autism Fundraiser



ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!), a national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide access to care and treatment to children with autism, announces Reaction Audio Visual, is a proud sponsor of ACT Today!’s 7th Annual Denim & Diamonds for Autism fundraiser, benefiting children with autism. The event will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California and will honor actor Joe  Mantegna(“Criminal Minds"), KCBS 2 and KCAL 9’s President and General Manager Steve Mauldin, and community activist Kathleen Sternbach. Over 500 guests are expected to attend the red carpet fundraiser, including corporate leaders, celebrities, dignitaries and other autism supporters.

Reaction Audio Visual, based in Irvine, California, has over 25 years of combined experience in technology, production,audiovisual, computer rentals, and event execution. It provides event technology solutions across the entire United States, including Hawaii .

“As an honorable sponsor, Reaction Audio Visual is making countless contributions to guide ACT Today’s 7th Annual Denim & Diamonds to a sure success," says ACT Today!’s Executive Director Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson. “Reaction AudioVisual’s participation will help encourage more public attention to caring for children with autism. All of the event’s audio and visual production will be provided by Reaction Audio Visual.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in every 88 children in America is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), making ASD more prevalent than juvenile diabetes, childhood cancer and pediatric AIDS combined.

Proceeds from the 7th Annual Denim & Diamonds for Autism fundraiser will make it possible for ACT Today! to continue providing families access to therapy, medical care, assistance dogs, social skills programs, assistive technology, special needs camp, entrance into special needs school, and basic safety equipment (e.g. helmets and fencing). 

To date the event sponsors, include (as of September 26, 2012): Vin Di Bona Productions, Reaction Audio Visual, TWIW Insurance Services, LLC., Natrol, Sandy and David Stone, Universal City Nissan, Jay and Judy Hearst, Wells Fargo, Hoffman International Properties, William Henry Studio, City National Bank, Burbank Printing, Charity Lives, Linda Bertch, Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Isabella Emporium, Westlake Magazine, Valley Economic Development Center, The Shape of Behavior, Double Helix Water, Maddy’s Market, The Hollywood Reporter,  Code Metro, Passageway School, and The Resort at Pelican Hill.

For more information about the 7th Annual Denim & Diamonds for Autism, visit www.DenimAndDiamondsForAutism.net.

About Reaction Audio Visual:
Reaction Audio Visual is more than a technology rental company, but prides itself in the diverse and superior service offerings from execution to 24-hour customer support. It provides event solutions from small events and dinner meetings, to large general sessions, exhibitor booths, and massive outdoor tradeshows. For more information about Reaction AudioVisual, visit www.reactionav.com.

About ACT Today!:
ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and providing treatment services and support 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.

ACT Today! - TAKE A ROLL IN GIVING BACK

The Daily Duty™ Offers Consumers An Effortless Way to Make A Difference
When nature calls, it’s now a chance to make the world a better place.


For every roll of THE DAILY DUTY™ toilet paper sold, a portion of the proceeds is donated to a variety of charitable causes. By joining the movement with THE DAILY DUTY, individuals and businesses can help wipe out hunger, take a stand (or sit) against poverty, and bring relief to those who need it.

Can a roll of ‘TP’ really make a difference? THE DAILY DUTY founder Alex Goodman, has no doubt it can. Subscribers can support the charity of their choice with just a click during the purchase process. Charitable partners span a wide variety of national and local causes, including ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment), Lady GAGA's Born this Way and the Morris Animal Foundation for animal welfare. There is also the option to nominate an organization to be a recipient of the purchase donation.

“We must make giving back effortless,” stated THE DAILY DUTY founder Goodman. “When the economy was hit, charitable donations suffered. I thought there must be a way for people to help others without causing financial  stress. I looked for a product that people were already buying that could provide relief, and what’s more necessary than TP!”

To roll with THE DAILY DUTY, subscribers receive a regular delivery to their business, home or office of 48 individually wrapped rolls of soft, virgin 2-ply paper sourced from renewable forests; versus commonly purchased recycled paper which contains the harmful toxic chemical BPS. Known to have estrogen-like effects on the body, BPA has been linked to a number of health concerns such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, infertility, autism and birth defects.

THE DAILY DUTY movement includes the support of entrepreneur John Paul DeJoria—CEO/Co-founder of Paul Mitchell and Patron Spirits—whose philanthropic motto of “success unshared is failure” helped inspire the initiative.

DeJoria has enrolled THE DAILY DUTY for all Paul Mitchell Schools—a network of nearly 120 beauty schools that embrace charitable fundraising as part of their curriculum. JP’s Peace Love & Happiness foundation is also included in the rapidly expanding portfolio of THE DAILY DUTY’s charitable recipients.

“I envision a future where consumers are conscious that their product choices can benefit others,” adds Goodman.

“We should all buy from companies that give back, and in turn do our part to better this world. This cycle of good deeds can create a positive, rippling effect in the world.”

For more information and to place an order of THE DAILY DUTY, log onto www.TheDailyDuty.com. Orders start at $34.99 plus shipping per box of 48 life-changing rolls.

Relief has never felt so good.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Join ACT Today!'s Founder/President Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh at ARI this October!

Join parents, practitioners and ACT Today! Founder/President Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh at the ARI Conference in Garden Grove, CA this October! For complete details and to register, visit: http://www.ariconference.com/anaheim/rates_parents.html


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Honoring Actor Joe Mantegna and TV Executive Steve Mauldin at Denim & Diamonds for Autism


2012 ACTivist Award Recipients
ACT Today!’s 7th Annual Denim & Diamonds for Autism 

Join us in saluting actor Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”) and TV executive Steve Mauldin (KCAL 9 / KCBS 2) for their tireless efforts promoting autism awareness. 

Send your congratulations, recognize their efforts,
Purchase Tribute Ads for the Event Program
Deadline is October 15

Click here to secure your ad now!

Acknowledgements and Advertisement Size & Pricing

Quarter Page Ad (4.25”H x 2.75”W) - $150
Half Page Ad (4.25”H x 5.5”W) - $275
Full Page Ad (8.5”H x 5.5”W) - $400

Ads must be 300dpi, camera ready (as PDF or JPG) and/or submitted for design to daphne@act-today.org - no later than October 15, 2012. 

Visit www.DenimAndDiamondsForAutismn.net for complete details about the fundraiser, the honorees and how you can help ACT Today! continue its mission...providing direct help to children with autism. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Isabella Emporium Sponsors ACT Today’s 7th Annual Denim & Diamonds for Autism Fundraiser


ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!), a national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide access to care and treatment to children with autism, announces Isabella Emporium is a proud sponsor of ACT Today!’s 7th Annual Denim & Diamonds for Autism fundraiser, benefiting children with autism. The event will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California and will honor actor Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”), KCBS 2 and KCAL 9’s President and General Manager Steve Mauldin, and community activist Kathleen Sternbach. Over 500 guests are expected to attend the red carpet fundraiser, including corporate leaders, celebrities, dignitaries and other autism supporters.

Handmade, quality jewelry is the cornerstone of Isabella Emporium Jewelry,  a jewelry design house that believes in the "Art of Jewelry". Their jewelry is made up of combinations of stunning and unusual chains, a wide range of castings and lots of beautiful and unique natural gemstones and pearls from all over the world. Isabella Emporium jewelry is sold through home parties, charitable and corporate events and in day spas and select boutiques. 

“We are so excited that Isabella Emporium’s sponsorship comes into sight because it empowers our capability to make the change ACT Today! wants to see in the world: millions of healthier, stronger, happier children with promising future," says ACT Today!’s Executive Director Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson. “With Isabella Emporium’s committed contributions, we’ll continue our hard work to earn more resources so we can cover more children with autism.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in every 88 children in America is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), making ASD more prevalent than juvenile diabetes, childhood cancer and pediatric AIDS combined.

Proceeds from the 7th Annual Denim & Diamonds for Autism fundraiser will make it possible for ACT Today! to continuing providing families access to therapy, medical care, assistance dogs, social skills programs, assistive technology, special needs camp, entrance into special needs school, and basic safety equipment (e.g. helmets and fencing). 

To date the event sponsors, include (as of September 13, 2012): Vin Di Bona Productions, Reaction Audio Visual, TWIW Insurance Services, LLC., Natrol, Sandy and David Stone, Universal City Nissan, Wells Fargo, Hoffman International Properties, William Henry Studio, City National Bank, Burbank Printing, Double Helix Water, Charity Lives, United Healthcare, Linda Bertch, Isabella Emporium, Valley Economic Development Center and The Resort at Pelican Hill.

For more information about the 7th Annual Denim & Diamonds for Autism, visitwww.DenimAndDiamondsForAutism.net.

About Isabella Emporium:
As a complete design house, Isabella Emporium represents the vision: ”Jewelry of Unsurpassed Elegance, Style, Beauty and Quality.” Isabella Emporium boasts handmade, quality jewelry made with classic gold, silver and rhodium finishes and the very popular vintage looks of Matte Gold, Antique Silver, Antique Brass, Antique Copper and Black. "Besides that, our diamond line is unique, edgy, sophisticated and chic", says Janet Heller of  Isabella Emporium. " We also make custom pieces and  work with our clients on the entire process from beginning to end so that the final result is a beautiful treasure with a personal story". For more information, visit http://isabellaemporium.com.


About ACT Today!:
ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and providing treatment services and support 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


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Nancy Alspaugh Jackson on Autism and ACT Today!


ACT Today!’s Executive Director Nancy Alspaugh Jackson talks about autism, her road to emPOWERment and how nonprofit ACT Today! is working hard to help families with children with autism. 

Watch the video, share your thoughts and visit www.act-today.org and “LIKE” http://www.facebook.com/nancyalspaughjackson1

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Please Join Us - Denim & Diamonds for Autism - November 3, 2012

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www.DenimAndDiamondsForAutism.net

ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) invites you to join us for our 7th Annual Denim & Diamonds for Autism fundraiser. More than 500 autism supporters will attend, including Hollywood stars, corporate leaders, dignitaries, the community and you. Attendees will enjoy red carpet arrivals, outdoor cocktail reception (and VIP reception), silent and live auctions, indoor seated dinner program, and a special live musical performance by multiple award-winning singer/songwriter Brian McKnight. 

In addition, actor Joe Mantegna ("Criminal Minds") and TV executive Steve Mauldin (KCBS 2/KCAL 9) will receive the 2012 ACTivist Award with an all-star tribute, for their tireless efforts spreading autism awareness. 

Net proceeds from the 7th Annual Denim & Diamonds for Autism fundraiser will provide DIRECT HELP to children with autism, by way of resources and grants for therapy, medical care, assistance dogs, social skills programs, assistive technology, tuition for special needs schools, special needs camp, assistance to military families of children with autism and basic safety equipment (e.g. helmets and fencing). 

We hope you will join us on November 3, 2012 and help us continue our mission...
providing direct help to children with autism.
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If you cannot attend, please make a donation right now. Click the button below.
Together, we ARE making a difference in the lives of children with autism. 
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Monday, September 10, 2012

Waves of Impact Host FREE Camp for Children with Autism

 Waves of Impact is hosting a surf camp and beach bad for kids with autism and other special challenges in Oceanside, CA on September 22

Lunch, volunteers and all equipment will be provided.

The camp is FREE for children.  

Waves of Impact was formed to introduce individuals facing exceptional challenges in their lives to the unexplainable wonders of a riding waves and the benefits of spending a day at the beach. 

Waves of Impact focuses on surfing, but also teaches families the benefits of spending a day at the beach. A day at the beach can make everything seem a bit better and easier. There is something very soothing about being in the ocean.

For more information about Waves of Impact, visit www.wavesofimpact.com.  

Friday, September 7, 2012

How to Thrive as a Special Needs Family and Community


Guest Blogger, Douglas Baker 


We live in a world that is fast-paced, high-tech, image driven and unforgiving, fueled by sensationalized media and reality television shows portraying what is now considered by many to be “normal”. Add to all of this a special needs newborn, child or adult in a family, and reality becomes a sub-world driven by a lifetime of challenges that require incredible commitment, compassion and persistence, as well as a lifespan of specialized planning and services. To thrive instead of simply survive as a family affected by special needs, it is important to have a socially integrated lifestyle with acceptance and great support groups, both personally and professionally. 

Who are the special needs families? Families of genetic and birth conditions, or affected by Autism spectrum disorders, mental health and related illnesses, intellectually challenged and learning delayed, and physical or brain impairment though injury or trauma - a global microcosm of cultures that transcend race, religion, gender and the socioeconomic status. 

A look at the numbers (compiled 2010-2011) 
54 million American adults (nearly 20% of population) are affected by a mental or physical disability 
Over 6% of children ages 5-15 suffer from a disability 
NAMI reported that there are 1 in 4 households affected by a mental illness 
US household wealth is approximately $60 Trillion. 

The math: 1 in 9-10 households are affected by a significant special need
What does this mean? Conservatively, 1 in 10 equates to a $6 TRILLION special needs community. 

How do we thrive instead of just survive? The special needs world is massive and continually growing. Change is needed to reverse the service and funding cuts and influence legislation to better serve our communities. Facilitating change is really not that difficult. Much of it is a matter of changing to better habits and behavior. A good example of this is eating healthier because of a health risk diagnosis such as diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure. 

+ Start using and supporting special needs owned and managed services, business, products, professionals and organizations highly supportive of our communities. We chose every day where we spend our money. Why wouldn’t we be supporting our own community members who are the ones that give back to the community? 

+ Start using local and community banks or credit unions instead of these massive banking institutions that are behaving badly with no regard for our working Americans, yet alone our special needs families. You can better support the communities where you live. These local banks usually have better service, lower fees and almost all give you a certain monthly dollar credit toward ATM fees you may incur elsewhere. 

Changing legislative poor behavior toward our special needs communities… Yes, we will still have fragmented communities and differing agendas, but unions and big special interests all have their various agendas too, and they always bring their money behind their voices. This legislative game has been defined for decades, and for some reason, our special needs communities have never learned how to play it. Over the last decades, our services have eroded while our numbers have exploded. The math doesn’t work. And in July of this year, it was announced the Federal government expects another $900 Million in reductions if congress doesn’t act before January 2013. 

“Either We Organize and Thrive, or Die a Painful Existence Divided...” Today there are small numbers of special needs advisors throughout America working with thousands of families doing just this - building the foundation for a national network and increasing our economic clout. As affected community members, we are the one’s serving, guiding, growing and giving back into our communities. A united effort from our families, the serving professionals, our supporting institutions and foundations, and everyone involved makes this happen. This is our “Occupy Special Needs” movement. Our mission is to make our money visible to increase our services relationally to the communities. Our directives are to support, empower and enhance our own communities. Our measurable results will change the future of special needs legislation, research and services while preserving our American dream. 

We are the parents, the advocates and the professionals of special needs. We must also be the “catalyst” of change for our special needs communities and the future of our children. We are tens of millions strong, yet we start with one child, one family and one village at a time. 

"It falls upon us and only us - The Village that sustains itself, the Village it takes to raise a child, the Village it takes to support our families" – D. Baker 

Douglas Baker is a parent of two adult children. His son Scott is 22 and is affected by Autism. Doug works with a team of personally affected professional advisors in the Southern California area that has uniquely wrapped special needs advocacy, services and resource collaboration into a lifespan management process around the advisor and wealth services industry. 

For more information: 
Email douglaso.baker@yahoo.com 
www.linkedin.com/pub/douglas-baker/5/2a5/755 
www.facebook.com/specialneedsadvisor 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Pressure Tech, Inc. Sponsors ACT Today!’s 7th Annual Denim & Diamonds for Autism Fundraiser



 Cutting-edge hyperbaric chamber manufacturer,  Pressure Tech, sponsors ACT Today!’s (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) 7th Annual Denim & Diamonds for Autism fundraiser.

ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!), announces Pressure Tech, is a proud sponsor of ACT Today!’s 7th Annual Denim & Diamonds for Autism fundraiser, benefiting children with autism. The event will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California and will honor actor Joe Mantegna(“Criminal Minds"), KCBS 2 and KCAL 9’s President and General Manager Steve Mauldin, and community activist Kathleen Sternbach. Over 500 guests are expected to attend the red carpet fundraiser, including corporate leaders, celebrities, dignitaries and other autism supporters.

Formed in April 2004, Pressure Tech boasts the development of an impressive range of high quality, flexible hyperbaric chambers used in Dr.’s offices, clinics and homes world-wide. The vision Pressure Tech states is to achieve worldwide recognition as a key manufacturer of hyperbaric chambers by offering exact solutions to all customers. Pressure Tech is dedicated to that commitment by continuous improvement, driven by product realization, innovation, teamwork, and listening to the needs of its customers.

“Pressure Tech’s sponsorship allows us to help even more children achieve their highest potential,” says ACT Today!’s Executive Director Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in every 88 children in America is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), making ASD more prevalent than juvenile diabetes, childhood cancer and pediatric AIDS combined.

Proceeds from the 7th Annual Denim & Diamonds for Autism fundraiser will make it possible for ACT Today! to continue providing families access to therapy, medical care, assistance dogs, social skills programs, assistive technology, special needs camp, entrance into special needs school, and basic safety equipment (e.g. helmets and fencing).

To date the event sponsors, include (as of September 5, 2012): Vin Di Bona Productions, Reaction Audio Visual, TWIW Insurance Services, LLC., Natrol, Sandy and David Stone, Universal City Nissan, Wells Fargo, Hoffman International Properties, William Henry Studio, City National Bank, Burbank Printing, Charity Lives, United Healthcare, Linda Bertch, Isabella Emporium, Valley Economic Development Center, Pressure Tech and The Resort at Pelican Hill.

For more information about the 7th Annual Denim & Diamonds for Autism, visit www.DenimAndDiamondsForAutism.net.

About Pressure Tech, Inc.:
Pressure Tech has been manufacturing and servicing soft chambers since 2004. We are an FDA-licensed manufacturing facility, hold an FDA Export Certificate and we hold a European CE mark for distribution into those countries. The Flexi-LiteTM and Ultra-LiteTM Hyperbaric Chambers have always been manufactured, serviced and ultimately supported by Pressure Tech here in the USA. Pressure Tech was the Original Equipment Manufacturer for one of the largest independent hyperbaric dealers from 2004 to 2009 and. FDA Manufacturing Facility Number is 3006788920. For more information, visit www.PTHyperbarics.com.

About ACT Today!:
ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and providing treatment services and support 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.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Discounted Disneyland Tickets!



DISCOUNTED DISNEYLAND TICKET OPPORTUNITY
FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS  

Register with the Autism Society of San Diego
by September 21, 2012

Mickey & Minnie
The 2013 Disneyland Resort Community Involvement Program Information
 Ticket Prices for the 2013 program are as follows:
  

  • $46 ea. (ages 3 and over) for a 1-Day, 1-Park Ticket to visit either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure in one day.
  • $66 ea. (ages 3 and over) for a 1-Day Park Hopper Ticket to visit both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park in one day.
  • Each ticket includes a $1 service fee.
  • Both ticket options include parking, normally $15.
Discounted tickets are available for the following dates (please note black out dates on the last week):

  • January 6-January 12, 2013 (Sunday to Saturday)
  • January 13-January 19, 2013 (Sunday to Saturday)
  • January 20-January26, 2013 (Sunday to Saturday)
  • January 27-February 2, 2013 (Sunday to Saturday)
  • February 3-February 9, 2013 (Sunday to Saturday)
  • February 10-Febrary 14, 2013 (Sunday to Thursday)
Procedure for registering for tickets through the San Diego Autism Society:

This year tickets may be purchased online, instead of by mail.

     1.  You can fill out an online form by clicking here OR send an email to the San Diego   Autism Society at sd.autismsociety@gmail.com.  In the Subject box type, "Disneyland Ticket Registration 2013".  In the body of the email type all of the following:       

    1. Full name of Individual with Autism and their Diagnosis
    2. Name of Purchaser
    3. Address of Purchaser
    4. Phone number of Purchaser
    5. Email of Purchaser
 2.   Your registration must include all information in order to be forwarded to           Disneyland. Incomplete registrations cannot be processed. 

  3.  You must register again, even if you registered last year, so that we can be sure we have updated contact information.   

 4.  You will receive an email invitation to purchase tickets from Disneyland by October. It will instruct you to go to a website to purchase the tickets.

 5.  If you do not receive an email, please check your spam filter as this is usually the only reason people have not received emails in the past. 

Finally 
Online Ticket sales will begin on Monday, November 5, 2012.


Tickets are limited, so please order early.

 Registration for tickets with the Autism Society does not guarantee tickets.  This will depend on your timely response to the invitation to purchase tickets email sent from Disneyland.  Early ordering is encouraged as there are a limited quantity of tickets.

Tickets are available to anyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their immediate family members or caregivers who will be accompanying them to Disneyland. 

Registration closes with the Autism Society on Friday, September 21,  2012.  If you do not meet the deadline, you may still be able to get tickets through your SDRC Service Coordinator.
   

·         Please visit  http://publicaffairs.disneyland.com/CIP if you have any questions. 

   
 *The Autism Society San Diego respects your privacy and does not share your personal information with outside agencies.
  

Actor Joe Mantegna and Friends Help ACT Today! Raise Thousands for Military Children with Autism Through Golf Classic



ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!), a national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide care and treatment to children with autism, announces its 6th Annual Charity Golf Classic presented by Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) raised $84,000. Net proceeds will benefit military children with autism. The tournament was held on August 27, 2012 at the North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, California. Actor Joe Mantegna (*”Criminal Minds”) hosted the tournament. Other celebrities in attendance included multiple award-winning singer/songwriter Brian McKnight, retired Major League Baseball 2-time All-Star pitcher and ACT Today! board member player Eddie Guardado, actors DB Sweeney ("The Closer"), Jason Gedrick (“Luck” and "Dexter"), Kevin Sorbo ("Hercules"), Robert Constanzo (“Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer”), and Geoff Pierson ("Boardwalk Empire").
Tournament hosted by actor Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”)
Multiple-award-winning singer Brian McKnight
Retired Major League Baseball 2-time All-Star pitcher and ACT Today! board member player Eddie Guardado with Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh

Actors Geoff Pierson ("Boardwalk Empire”), Robert Constanzo (“Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer”) and Kevin Sorbo ("Hercules”) with Nancy Alspaugh Jackson
Actor Jason Gedrick (“Luck” and “Dexter”) with Nancy Alspaugh Jackson
“The generosity of the players and the corporate sponsors this year is making it possible for ACT Today! to see more children with autism gain access to therapy, medical care, assistance dogs, special needs camp, tuition for special needs school, social skills programs, assistive technology, and even safety equipment,” says ACT Today!’s Executive Director Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson.

Lieutenant Bryan Martinez, United States Navy and Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Strayhorn, United States Navy with actor Joe Mantegna
Speakers Lieutenant Bryan Martinez, United States Navy and Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Strayhorn, United States Navy inspired the audience as they shared the personal challenges their families face raising children with autism while serving their country. They highlighted the positive impact their children experienced as a result of ACT Today!'s Autism Film Program for Military Children and received a standing ovation from the audience. 
ACT Today! Founder/President/Autism Expert Dr. Doreenb Granpeesheh and ACT Today! Executive Director Nancy Alspaugh Jackson
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in every 88 children in America is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), making ASD more prevalent than juvenile diabetes, childhood cancer and pediatric AIDS combined.

The winners of the tournament, with First Place Low Gross: Johnny Bruce, Josh Eveland, Dave Carmel, and Dan Spiegal.

Corporate sponsors of the 6th Annual Charity Golf Classic include: Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD), TWIW Insurance Services LLC, Land Rover Thousand Oaks, Vista Automotive Group, Newport/Naples Rib Company, Nate ‘n Al, Retirement Benefits Group, Howard Building Corporation, Special Spirit Inc., Swett & Crawford, Black Hill Farms & Family Vineyard, The Kuperstock Family, Kirsch, Kohn, & Bridge, LLP, The Tom Heymann Family, J & D Financial, Orion Risk Management Insurance Services, Inc., Calabasas Dental Care, Logix, Silver Star Automotive Group, Wild Sales Co., JTB Insurance Services, LLC, Lavaggio Auto Detail, and Vitality Golf.
Team TWIW Insurance Services: Tagg Baker, Dan Sweeney, Adam Phillips, Shayne Romero, Rick Toohey, Devin Toohey, Mitch Datlow, Chris Bannon
Team Land Rover: Phil Messuri, Owner Ken Greene, Bob Charney, Jed Dours, Eric Ford, Susan Murate


The 6th Annual Charity Golf Classic Committee Chairman is Josh Eveland of Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. and committee members Tagg Baker of TWIW Insurance Services, LLC; Jonathan Bruce of JTB Insurance Services, LLC, David Carmel of J & D Financial, golfer Greg Goad, Cal Lutheran Student Shayne Romero, Dr. Michael Spagnoli of Trillium Sports Medicine, Justin Walker of FTF Properties, Darin Wassmann of Retirement Benefits Group, and ACT Today! Founder/President Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh.

For more information about ACT Today!’s 6th Annual Charity Golf Classic and to view the event photo gallery, visit www.act-today.org/golftournament.
Tournament Public Relations Team: Stacey Price, Rose Xiao, Daphne Plump, 
Monica Peng
Singer Brian McKnight is interviewed on the Red Carpet before tournament.

Actor Joe Mantegna is interviewed by KCAL 9/KCBS 2 Los Angeles
Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh is interviewed by KCAL 9/KCBS 2 Los Angeles









About ACT Today!: 
ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and providing treatment services and support 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.