TACA's 2011 Ante Up for Autism' benefit


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Charity Lives at TACA's 5th Annual 'Ante Up for Autism' Benefit!

http://charitylives.com/images/com_fwgallery/files/62/303150101503659237630716028930708237427354330722n.jpgTalk About Curing Autism’s (TACA) 5th Annual“Ante Up for Autism” Raises $250,000

More than 300 People Attended TACA’s Largest Fundraising Event of the Year

TACA’s star-studded fundraising event was a true success as more than $250,000 (gross) was raised for over 28,000 families across the United States touched by autism.  The 5th Annual Ante Up for Autism “Gala and Casino Night” benefited Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) – a national non-profit organization with a mission to educate, empower and provide support to families affected by autism, and to speed up the cycle time from suspicion to autism diagnosis to effective treatments.

“The proceeds from this event will help TACA families who are struggling to battle the confusion of autism,” said Pat McIlvain, co-chair of TACA’s Ante Up for Autism and VP of Oakley Sports Marketing.  “Thanks to the efforts of TACA, many families are given hope and guidance to put the puzzle pieces in place and unlock the potential of their children. When my son Dylan was diagnosed with autism nearly 10 years ago, my wife and I had no idea what autism was or how it would affect our family. We were lost until we found TACA.”

http://charitylives.com/images/com_fwgallery/files/62/313010101503659273430716028930708237462526427850n.jpgLocated at the luxurious St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa in Dana Point, Calif., the event included a VIP red carpet entrance, cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres on the resort lawn, a live performance by “One Tree Hill” actress and singer Kate Voegele, tournament poker with tips from poker stars Michelle Lau,  David Mosikian and Joe Sebok, a dinner buffet, and a live silent auction.  The winner of this year’s poker tournament was Chuck Smith of Seal Beach, Calif.

Celebrity attendees included actress Amber Lancaster of MTV’s “The Hard Times of RJ Berger” & CBS’s “CSI: Miami,” Reality TV star Alexis Bellino of “The Real Housewives of OC”, actor, writer & producer Johnathon Schaech, actor Clifton Collins Jr , actor Ken Davitian, actor John Hensley, actress/TV host Nicky Whelan , “Deal or No Deal” model Leyla Milani, musician, Kelley James and television host & spokesmodel Renée Herlocker (red carpet MC).

In addition, professional athlete attendees included Gretchen Bleiler (Professional Snowboarder - 2010 X Games Superpipe Gold Medalist), Kerry Walsh (Professional Beach Volleyball Player), Casey Jennings (Professional Beach Volleyball Player), Felix Sanchez (Olympic gold medal hurdle winner), Mike Kloser (Adventure Racer), and Brett Hughes (Lacrosse Player).

Last year’s Ante Up for Autism raised approximately $220,000. More information about this year’s event is located at www.anteupforautism.org

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