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 Vin Di Bona Productions 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.
Vin Di Bona Productions was established by four time Emmy-award winning producer and recipient of the George Foster Peabody award, Vin Di Bona. Vin Di Bona Productions prides itself in creating quality programming in various genres, including broadcast, cable series and TV movies. It is possibly best known for creating America's Funniest Home Videos, the longest-running primetime entertainment show in the history of ABC. Above all, several artifacts from America’s Funniest Home Videos have been absorbed by The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History into their permanent entertainment collection.
“ACT Today! wants to see that children, who suffer from autism disorder, get a chance to live a happy, fulfilled, successful brand new life. Vin Di Bona Productions is the very company of its kind that stands up to the weight of public expectations for this charitable cause," says ACT Today!’s Executive Director Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson. “It’s that kind of integrity, commitment and mutual understanding that gives life to Vin Di Bona Productions’ sponsorship for ACT Today!.”
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 August 16, 2012): Vin Di Bona Productions, Reaction Audio Visual, TWIW Insurance Services, LLC., Natrol, Sandy and David Stone, Universal City Nissan, Wells Fargo, Marilyn Hoffman’s Magnificent Properties, William Henry Studio, City National Bank, Burbank Printing, Charity Lives, United Healthcare, Linda Bertch, Isabella Emporium, Valley Economic Development Center, and The Resort at Pelican Hill.
Established in 1986 by Vin Di Bona, Vin Di Bona Productions has produced programming in a variety of genres from broadcast and cable series to highly acclaimed TV movies. A four-time Emmy award-winning nominee and recipient of the George Foster Peabody award, Di Bona is known worldwide as the creator and executive producer of America’s Funniest Home Videos. Premiering in 1989, AFV is the longest-running primetime entertainment show in the history of ABC; it begins its 23rd year on the air October 2012. For more information, visit http://www.vdbp.com/Vin_Di_Bona_Productions.html.
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.