Golfer Ernie Els wins for autism

DORAL, Fla. — This is one time the party got started without Ernie Els.

As he walked off the 18th green with a four-shot victory in the CA Championship, ending the longest and most discouraging drought of his career, some well-heeled friends were at cocktail party up the road at PGA National to get ready for a tournament no less important than the World Golf Championship that Els won at Doral.

The Big Easy spent Monday playing and hosting the “Els for Autism Charity Pro-Am,” with a lineup of stars that included Jack Nicklaus, Steve Stricker, Raymond Floyd, Adam Scott and Robert Allenby.

His goal, as ambitious as winning the career Grand Slam, is to raise enough money to build a 2,800-square-metre centre in Palm Beach County that eventually would be self-sustaining and treat some 300 children who have autism.

That would include his son, seven-year-old Ben, with his big blue eyes and blond hair.

via The Canadian Press: Els picks up a crucial win for himself and for his cause.

Rihanna attends Matt Kemp’s autism fundraiser

Rihanna attended Ante up for Autism, a fundraiser co-hosted by her boyfriend, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, who has a brother with autism, according to E! online.

The second annual event raised $170,000 for TACA, or Talk About Curing Autism. The event website said special guests expected included Donovan McNabb, Manny Ramirez, David Justice, Danica Patrick and Rickey Henderson. (No mention of Rihanna, though!) Former MLB star pitcher Dave Stewart co-hosted the casino-style fundraiser with Kemp.

Here’s the E! report:

Things must be getting serious.

Rihanna traveled to Arizona to meet boyfriend Matt Kemp’s family this weekend, but this was no ordinary trip. The singer flew in all the way from Berlin on Saturday just so she could attend Kemp’s charity bash, Ante Up for Autism. The L.A. Dodgers outfielder is very close to the cause as his brother is autistic.

via Rihanna & Matt Kemp: It’s Meet the Family Time! – E! Online.