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Pin Pals Photo Contest

July 14, 2011 4 comments

Autism Speaks to Young Professionals (AS2YP) is looking to spread awareness and needs your help! They will be holding a photo contest – to participate, all you have to do is email us a picture of you wearing the Autism Speaks pin. It’s that simple! The winner will receive two complimentary tickets to the next Autism Speaks 2 Young Professionals (AS2YP) Event! Their picture will also be featured on the Autism Speaks website and Facebook pages!

Directions:
•         Take a creative picture with the Autism Speaks Puzzle Piece
o   Spreading awareness in different scenarios
  In your office
  At school
  In the gym
  Grocery store
•         Please send your photos to Justine Benisch at jbenisch@autismspeaks.org with ‘Pin Pals’ in the subject!

*Deadline August 1 by 5pm EST!

The Pin is In!

March 16, 2011 1 comment

Who was recently spotted wearing the Autism Speaks Puzzle Pin? United States Senator for New York Kristen Gillibrand!

Here Gillibrand is featured with Mark Roithmayr, the President of Autism Speaks, at the Autism Tomorrow conference held at the Anderson Center for Autism in Poughkeepsie, N.Y..

Kristen Gillibrand, United States Senator for New York, with Mark Roithmayr, President of Autism Speaks

 

A Day in the Life: Volunteering at Autism Speaks’ Celebrity Golf Challenge

June 29, 2010 2 comments

This guest post is by Autism Speaks staffer Kerry Magro.  Kerry, an adult who has autism, is a rising senior at Seton Hall University, majoring in Sports Management.

One may ask what someone does after volunteering from about six in the morning to 10 at night. Does one take a shower, go to sleep, get some food, OR in some rare cases, write a blog about the day’s events? If you chose the latter, you were correct and win the glorious prize of knowing there are completely loopy people like me in this world. (Don’t believe me; I just used the word loopy in a sentence.)

On Monday, June 28, Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York hosted the 12th Annual Autism Speaks Celebrity Golf Challenge. I had the opportunity to volunteer to help run the event with Autism Speaks, and as a true golf enthusiast, I felt very privileged and excited, to say the least!

The day’s events were simply astonishing, whether it was the swarms of celebrities (some with inflated handicaps and some without) or the continuing use of huge advancements in the world of technology, such as Bid Pal (a device similar to an iPhone that helps auctioneers place bids on numbered items during auctions) and eGolfScore devices (handheld wireless scoring devices updating golf scores up to the second for standings and updates). All celebrities in attendance were teamed up with groups of golfers to play in the events. The event also featured a live and silent auction in the evening with quite a few great items up for grabs.

The golf events from the day were joyous for the most part; however, an interesting sight to see was in the late afternoon when it started raining and several golf groups kept playing. Whether it was based on the fact that it was Autism Speaks’ event or not didn’t matter; people were enjoying their day and it was great to see.

The most heartfelt event of the day for me occurred during the evening dinner program where Kevin J. Murray, The event and committee co-chair spoke about autism and how it had impacted not only his son, but his family’s lives around him. This was during a very funny transitional period where Autism Speaks and Winged Foot debuted a video that was shot throughout the golf events of the day. The video included a spoof of the movie “Caddyshack” (I chuckled more than once and am laughing while typing this out as well in memory). Kevin probably said it best when he said, “This video we are about to see truly captures the feeling of today” and it did:  fun, eventful and timeless.

Suzanne and Bob Wright, The honorary co-chairs who were also in attendance, spoke during the evening dinner program and showed once again how effective and powerful they are when it comes to public speaking. Suzanne Wright, who quoted Michelangelo, said, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” This was symbolic to Autism Speaks’ dedication to help with autism put together the puzzle, piece-by-piece.

Special thanks go out to all the celebrities who attended, the golfers who played and made donations to Autism Speaks, and also the to the staff members and volunteers whose fabulous work made the day run smoothly for everyone.

Read more about the event and view photos here.

12th Annual New York Celebrity Golf Challenge Raises $886,000

June 29, 2010 5 comments

Event Co-Chairs Kevin and Susan Murray thank the many supporters in attendance.

Autism Speaks’ New York Celebrity Golf Challenge celebrated its 12th anniversary with an exciting day of golf at the esteemed Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. on Monday, June 28, 2010. The event raised over $886,000 for Autism Speaks with celebrities from the worlds of sports, entertainment and media participating. The day included an afternoon shotgun start at Winged Foot’s challenging East and West courses.

This year’s celebrity players and attendees included former quarterback and current studio analyst for CBS’s “The NFL Today” Boomer Esiason, NFL Hall of Famer Lynn Swann, “Gossip Girl” star Matthew Settle, New York Giants’ Michael Boley , “Rescue Me” star James McCaffrey, and “Late Show with David Letterman” announcer Alan Kalter.  Also on hand were actors Gregg Bello and Chris Jackson, former NFL players Howard Cross, Phillippi Sparks, Jeremy Lincoln, Corey Louchiey and William Ard, former New York Islander Pat Flatley and comedian Gary Cannon. The tournament included several course contests, as well as a celebrity putting contest with football great Boomer Esiason and “Rescue Me” star James McCaffrey, and a million dollar shootout.

The evening dinner reception included a silent and a live auction that offered opportunity to help fund autism research and family services initiatives.  Honorary Co-chairs and Autism Speaks Co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright rolled highlights from the first annual and highly successful “Light It Up Blue” initiative on World Autism Awareness Day.  Autism Speaks Board Member Kevin Murray shared a personal video about why he and his wife Susan have co-chaired this event every year since 1999.  The Murrays have helped raise nearly $10 million since 1999.

Read a blog post by Autism Speaks’ staffer Kerry Magro, who participated in the day’s events.

American Image Awards Honor Autism Speaks Co-founders

On Wednesday, May 26, Autism Speaks Co-founders, Suzanne and Bob Wright, were honored at the 32nd Annual American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) American Image Awards in New York City.  The Wrights received the 2010 Humanitarian Award for their work in promoting autism research, science, awareness and advocacy. Autism Speaks was the AAFA’s charity partner of choice, receiving 40% of the evening’s proceeds.

The event was hosted by Tinsley Mortimer and paid tribute to fellow honorees Li &  Fung, Steve Madden, John Bartlett, Fern Mallis, Gap Inc., and Shopbop.com. Some of the evening’s presenters included Joe Zee, Robert Verdi, Cynthia Rowley, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Tom Brokaw. Other notables in attendance included Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen of “The Real Housewives of New York City” and Whitney Port and Roxy Olin from MTV’s hit show, “The City.”

Check out a photo gallery on Guest of a Guest.


AAFA’s American Image Awards Raises $700K for Autism

BTIG Charity Day Benefits Autism Speaks

May 10, 2010 1 comment

Last Thursday, BTIG LLC, a  premier institutional brokerage and fund services company, hosted its eighth annual Commissions for Charity Day. The firm’s last Commissions for Charity Day raised more than $3 million, and BTIG has donated more than $10 million to various organizations, including Autism Speaks.

Special thanks to Autism Speaks’ Board Member Alison Niederauer for ensuring our annual involvement; and thank you to current and former professional athletes Michael Boley, Alfred King and Howard Cross for participating on our behalf.

The Pin is In!

Who was recently spotted wearing the Autism Speaks puzzle pin? Grammy Award-winning recording artist (and Autism Speaks spokesperson) Toni Braxton!

Check out a clip from this morning’s “TODAY” show, where Toni, her band and her dancers all sported the Autism Speaks pin.

In 2008, Toni, who has a son with autism, recorded a series of PSAs for Autism Speaks.

Want to get your own Autism Speaks puzzle pin? Buy it now at the Autism Speaks online store!

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