Lindt USA announced April 1 that it is helping to kick-off National Autism Awareness Month by launching an online auction of celebrity-signed Lindt Gold Bunny porcelain figures, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Autism Speaks. Lindt will auction off porcelain versions of the iconic Lindt Gold Bunny, each autographed by a different celebrity, at www.ebay.com/LindtGoldBunny.
The Lindt Chocolate “Unsung Heroes of Autism” have really given to the autism community — with educational programs about autism for the general public, fundraising for autism research, and new recreational and social programs for autism families.
Lindt Chocolate announces the 2010 Lindt Unsung Heroes of Autism. Three individuals have been selected from an exceptional group of nominees and are being recognized and honored as extraordinary champions for those affected by autism in their families, homes and communities.
The nominations for the 2nd annual Lindt Unsung Heroes of Autism were reviewed by a panel of judges from Lindt and Parents magazine, and the 2010 winners all demonstrated an unwavering dedication to helping those who have been affected by autism. The three honorees will each be awarded $5,000 and receive a trip to New York to attend an awards luncheon at The New York Palace hotel in their honor on April 1, 2010, the first day of National Autism Awareness Month.
Here’s a nice story from Fort Wayne, Ind., about a child with autism and her service dog. A local middle school and other members of the 12-year-old’s community raised $11,000 for the autism service dog. What a nice change of pace from recent news stories about schools banning service dogs for children with autism!
KENDALLVILLE — Wayne Center Elementary School has a new student this trimester.
His name is Jefferson, and he walks the hallways, the classrooms, gymnasium and cafeteria on four paws. When he’s wearing his harness, Jefferson is all business. When the harness is off, he’s like most rambunctious, playful Labradors.
Jefferson is a specially trained autism service dog for 12-year-old Kelsey Fogle, a sixth-grader with multiple disabilities including autism. Kelsey is partially deaf, her speech is impaired and she can see only shadows in her right eye, but she moves about the school like other students with Jefferson’s assistance.
Celebrities sing show tunes to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association at A Night at Sardi’s, an annual Beverly Hills fundraiser. This year’s event was hosted by Seth Rogan, who told the audience that his girlfriend’s mother has Alzheimer’s, eonline’s Party Patrol reported.
Here’s more on the event from the Alzheimer’s Association:
Night at Sardi’s is an annual musical revue and gala held in Beverly Hills, Calif. to benefit the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Laurie Burrows Grad founded this event 18 years ago in honor of her father, the late playwright Abe Burrows.
To date, A Night at Sardi’s has raised close to $18 million in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Celebrities participating in the 2009 event included Kristen Bell, Sean Hayes, Melina Kanakaredes, Katey Sagal,Victor Garber, Peter Gallagher, Swoosie Kurtz, Molly Sims, Ken Howard, Sharon Lawrence, Vicki Lewis and Chelsea Handler.
The recent “Power of Love” fundraiser for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center Brain Institute raised $27 million in 6 1/2 hours! The new Lou Ruvo Center in Las Vegas focuses on research on, early detection of, and treatment of neurological diseases including Alzheimer’s, ALS and Parkinson’s. The fundraiser included a performance by Barry Manilow, celebrity poker, and an auction for celebrity chef services. Read the Las Vegas Sun report, including a $4.5 million donation, below.
The money flowed like chilled Dom Perignon at the Bellagio on Saturday night, and once more the Keep Memory Alive “Power of Love” gala ignored economic realities elsewhere and continued to plow ahead with a blade dipped in gold.
Twenty-seven million dollars was raised during the 6 1/2-hour lovefest on the Strip. That’s the entire announced total, counting table and individual seat reservations (which ranged from $15,000 to $75,000 per table and $1,500 to $7,500 per seat), live and silent auction items and a handful of individual anonymous contributions that exceeded $1 million. The money raised goes toward the further development and operational costs for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, brainchild of Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada head and Las Vegas native Larry Ruvo.
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.
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.
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.