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Face-Off for a Cure

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On Monday March 21st, over 450 guests came together at the spectacular Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to celebrate “Face-Off for a Cure: An Evening to Benefit Autism Speaks and The Gillen Brewer School” – an event in partnership with the National Hockey League.

The evening began with cocktails and a silent auction in the museum’s Great Hall, with guests bidding on items such as tickets to the 2012 Winter Classic, a jersey signed by dozens of NHL Alum players, and an All-Star branded hockey puck, signed by Rick Nash, #61. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman posed for photos with such hockey greats as Pat LaFontaine and Ken Daneyko, as well as Coach Scott Wiley of the Colgate Women’s Hockey Team.  After cocktails guests moved into the awe-inspiring Temple of Dedur in the Sackler Wing, where the light of the setting sun was simulated on the temple walls, and guests gathered to hear remarks by event emcee, NBC Nightly News Correspondent Peter Alexander.

The evening’s honorees, Frank D’Amelio, EVP, Business Operations & Chief Financial Officer, Pfizer; Brian Monihan, Senior Vice President & General Manger, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia; Andrew Robertson, President, Chief Executive Officer BBDO Worldwide; and Richard Segal, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Seavest, Inc., each addressed the crowd with mentions of their own personal relationships to autism and philanthropy. The night’s end brought a special surprise for the audience- a visit from Lord Stanley himself- The Stanley Cup- after which guests had an opportunity to make pledges towards two specific programs for Autism Speaks and The Gillen Brewer School. Face Off for a Cure raised over $1.1 million and counting.

Autism Speaks would like to thank our event Co-Chairs, Henry Schacht, Chairman, The Gillen Brewer School; Tim Solso, Chairman and CEO, Cummins Inc.; Gary Bettman, Commissioner, National Hockey League; Paul Tagliabue, Former Commissioner, National Football League; and Suzanne & Bob Wright, Founders of Autism Speaks.  We would also like to recognize our friends at the Gillen Brewer School, the NHL, the evening’s honorees, special guests and our many wonderful sponsors and patrons who supported Face Off for a Cure to make it a resounding success.

For additional coverage of the event, please visit The Wall Street Journal.


  1. March 23, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I have a 9 year old son with autism. Its difficult at times but if we spread the word and make others aware what a difference we can make.

  2. Autism Speaks Canada
    March 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Congratulations and thanks to the NHL for their support. There are some incredible awareness nights held throughout the league including our own here in Canada with the Toronto Maple Leafs that has helped to raise over $20,000 in its first 2 years. April 5 is our next game against the Washington Capitals – who, with former Caps goalie Olie Kolzig – it all began many years ago as he honoured his own son who lives with autism. Join us at the Air Canada Centre on April 5 for another fantastic night of awareness and fund raising… if you can get a seat for the hottest ticket in town!!!

  3. Joanne
    March 24, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    What an awesome way to raise money for this disease that has affected so many people and families! The NHL rocks!

    My son, age 12, was just diagnosed with PDD-NOS along with 2 other disabilities that go along with autism…..so much still needs to be learned about this disease…

    God Bless the NHL and all the families whose daily lives are affected by this disease!

  4. March 28, 2011 at 7:00 am

    wow, you have present such a great idea and information cure of autism and form the video the parents can easily understand how to treat the their autism child’s.

  5. March 30, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Upcoming event to support Autism: Black Tie Masquerade Ball and Comedy Show! 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Autism Society for awareness etc.
    For more details/ tickets/ sponsorship etc click here: http://mandyjbennett.blogspot.com
    http://www.sopacnow.org
    April 23rd, 2011 @ 7pm at the SOPAC, NJ.
    Host of event: Natural Life Entertainment (find on Facebook)

  6. Bridget
    April 8, 2011 at 5:36 am

    When I was looking for school for my child several years ago, Gillen Brewer told me they generally do not accept children on the autistic spectrum. I hope they are not telling that to parents anymore…

  7. sally
    April 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I am proudly Autistic. So please simply keep such a “cure” far away from me. Thank you.

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