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Monday, June 4, 2012

Actor Joe Mantegna to Host ACT Today!’s 6th Annual Charity Golf Classic, Benefiting Military Children with Autism

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, hosted by actor Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”), will be held on Monday, August 27, 2012 at the North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, California. The event is presented by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD). Proceeds from the fundraiser will help provide access to care and treatment for military children with autism.

“This year’s golf tournament is dedicated to the military children with autism whose families are protecting our freedoms, while their children are battling an epidemic,” says ACT Today!’s Executive Director Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson. “Proceeds from this event make it possible for us to provide access to therapy, medical care, assistance dogs, social skills programs, assistive technology, and even safety equipment like helmets for the self-injurious children, as well as fencing for those who wander.” 

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. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal/nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. They include Autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, Childhood disintegrative disorder (CDD), Pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger’s syndrome.

Corporate sponsors of the 6th Annual Charity Golf Classic, include (as of May 31, 2012): Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD), TWIW Insurance Services LLC, Retirement Benefits Group, Kirsch, Kohn, & Bridge, and Trillium Sports Medicine.

Committee members consist of golf professionals, business and community leaders, including: Tagg Baker of TWIW Insurance Services, LLC; Jonathan Bruce of JTB Insurance Services, David Carmel of JD Financial, Josh Eveland of Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc., professional 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! President and world-renowned autism expert Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh.

2011 winners of ACT Today!'s 5th Annual Charity Golf Classic (seen in picture with Joe Mantegna) Greg Goad, Dave Carmel, Johnny Bruce, and Justin Walker.

The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 10:30 am and included a modified “best ball” format, par 3 challenges & other contests, followed by cocktails and dinner reception with a live auction. 

To register, sponsor or donate to ACT Today!’s 6th Annual Charity Golf Classic, visit www.act-today.org/golftournament

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.