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.

Golfer Ernie Els to be honored for his autism work

Ernie Els’ son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism four years ago at the age of 3. Since then, the three-time major champion has been a tireless supporter of research and treatment of autism. In April, he will be honored by the Golf Writers Association of America with its Charlie Bartlett Award.

The award, named for the first secretary of the GWAA, is given each year to a professional golfer for his or her unselfish contributions to the betterment of society. Els will receive the award April 7 at the GWAA annual banquet in Augusta, Ga.

Els and his wife, Liezl, founded the Els Autism Foundation in 2009 and are now in the process of a $30 million capital campaign for the Els Center For Excellence. The center will offer education and therapy for autistic children and conduct research.

via Golf notebook: Ernie Els to be honored for his autism work | Jacksonville.com.

Dorothy Bowman: An artist with Alzheimer’s still creates art

Dorothy Bowman, 83, is an artist whose work has hung at the Smithsonian and is included in many collections, including at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Library of Congress. Bowman was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2000. She paints every day, which she tells The Salinas Californian in the story posted below, makes her feel good.

Artistic talent shines through cloud of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease has darkened Dorothy Bowman’s blue sky and scattered confusion across her pathway.Yet, flashes of creative clarity still break through whenever the 83-year-old Bowman, a professional artist of note before Alzheimer’s arrived, picks up a paintbrush.”Painting makes me feel good,” Bowman said. “I feel more calm.”She settled into a chair placed in the sunshine beaming through the sliding glass door of her room in Windsor Gardens Rehabilitation Center, 637 E. Romie Lane in Salinas.Bowman wore a pink dress. A pink knit shawl draped her shoulders. Daily, she sits and works at a small table.Callia Benson, one of Bowman’s daughters and her caregiver for two years, watched her mother apply delicate touches of paint to an emerging image.”Watercolor on watercolor paper. It seems to give her purpose,” Benson said. “It reminds her who she is.”Her art is, in part, a diary of change, as she is now affected by Alzheimer’s disease.”

via Artistic talent shines through cloud of Alzheimer’s | thecalifornian.com | The Salinas Californian.

Jackson Brown, Dar Williams and others sing for autism

Jackson Brown, Dar Williams, Marshall Crenshaw, Jonatha Brooke and other singer-songwriters will appear on “Songs of the Spectrum” — a new fundraising album of songs about autism.

The songs on the album, which will be released April 6, are collaborations between John O’Neil, a New York Times editor whose 2004 essay about his autistic son was part of a Pulitzer Prize-nominated series, and Jon Fried and Deena Shoshkes of the indie-pop band The Cucumbers.

The the website AllAccess.com:

An impressive collection of singer-songwriters are banding together to support AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH in APRIL through “Songs of the Spectrum,” an album of original songs about autism. The project is being released on TUESDAY, APRIL 6th and the proceeds will benefit SingSOS, a new nonprofit organization formed to enlist the power of music to spread the word about autism.

Artists who have contributed to the project include JACKSON BROWNE, DAR WILLIAMS, MARSHALL CRENSHAW, JONATHA BROOKE, ARI HEST, DAN BERN, RICHARD JULIAN, OLLABELLE, VALERIE CARTER, DON DIXON & MARTI JONES and many others.

via Artists Sing For Autism | AllAccess.com.

Taylor Swift, Twilight stars, U2, Super Bowl QB donate to autism auction

Rob Pattinson and other stars of  Twilight and country star Taylor Swift have  donated memorabilia collages to the Icare4autism2010: Cocktail Gala auction. Other celebrity donations at the April 15 Tampa auction include a special helmet from Drew Brees, quarterback for the Super Bowl-winning New Orleans Saints and, from U2, a memorabilia package and tickets to a Miami concert.

Tickets to this event are already on sale!

From the Icare4autism site:

Much to surprise of many, the Twilight team has created a special item that will be auctioned off at the Icare4autism 2010: Cocktail Gala. The money raised from the item will go to funding autism research and education conducted by the International Center for Autism Research and Education (Icare4autism).

What is the item?

The official item to be donated is an EXCLUSIVE Twilight Limited Edition Movie Masterpiece Collage. This fabulous item is made up of memorabilia that is out of production, collectible snippets and things unavailable to the general public.

About the Event

The Icare4autism 2010: Cocktail Gala, will be held on Thursday April 15th, from 6pm-10pm, at the Florida Aquarium; 777 Channelside Drive in Tampa, Florida. Tickets for the event go on sale on the afternoon of Tuesday, February 16th, 2010.

via Autism Cause Attracts Twilight Star, Robert Pattinson | ICare4Autism.

Brilliant mind of Nobel laureate scientist affected by Alzheimer’s

Hong Kong – The brilliant scientist awarded the Nobel Prize for physics is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and may not be able to give a speech when he collects his prize later this year, a news report said Thursday. Nobel laureate Charles Kuen Kao, the man hailed as the father of fibre optics, was diagnosed with the degenerative brain disease earlier this year and now has difficulty with speech.

According to his wife Wong May-wan, Kao finds it difficult to complete a sentence, raising doubts that he will be able to give a lecture on his work, as is traditional for winners of the prize.

via Brilliant mind of Nobel laureate scientist affected by Alzheimer’s : Science Technology.

Parenting a child with autism: from diagnosis to awareness

Outside of the Lyte Auditorium silence plagued the nighttime area of Stayer and Lyle Hall.

Inside, however, was a different situation. There were teary eyes and heart-rending stories in the dimly lit auditorium as the keynote speaker gave her perspective and lessons as a parent of a brilliant, but socially awkward son with autism.

On September 15, 2009, the first event of the Frederick Douglass Black Culture Celebration presented Holly Robinson Peete, an actress, singer, wife, mother, philanthropist, child advocate, and author.

via Parenting a child with autism: from diagnosis to awareness.