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Inaugural Weekly Whirl – Top Events of the Week

December 10, 2011 2 comments

If anyone knows how hectic life can get – WE DO! That’s why we have created the Autism Speaks Weekly Whirl to fill you in on all of the highlights of the week! The last thing we want is for you to be left out of the loop! Please share with friends and family to spread the word about all of the exciting things going on in the autism community. Keep in mind, these updates aren’t limited to Autism Speaks — we will be featuring news from across the community.

A Funny Affair Honoring Tommy Hilfiger
On Monday December 5, 2011 Autism Speaks Co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright and New York Center for Autism (NYCA) Co-founders Laura and Harry Slatkin honored iconic fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger for his commitment to increasing awareness and support of the autism community at A Funny Affair for Autism – a star-studded evening of fashion and comedy that helped raise over 1.3 million dollars for individuals with autism and their families.

New York Center for Autism Co-founders Harry & Laura Slatkin, Martha Stewart, fashion designer and Honoree Tommy Hilfiger, Honorary Chair Dee Hilfiger, Emcee and NBC Nightly News Correspondent Peter Alexander, Autism Speaks Co-founders Suzanne & Bob Wright

Blue Tie Blue Jean Ball
On December 1, the Los Angeles Chapter held the inaugural Blue Tie Blue Jean Ball. Over 700 people packed the House of Blues on the world famous Sunset Strip to hear the incomparable, beloved and ever gracious Sarah McLachlan sing some of her biggest hits.  She was introduced by autism mom and Grammy Award-winning singer Toni Braxton.   The show was hosted by comedian Sinbad, who also handled the live auction with humor and zip.  Other music performers were “American Idol” contestant Brooke White, Lucy Schwartz and Diane Birch.  Attendees included Autism Speaks National Board Member Holly Robinson Peete with her husband Rodney Peete, Matt Dallas, J.K. Simmons, Mark Salling, Ed Asner, and “Parenthood” cast members Mae Whitman, Sarah Ramos, Max Burkholder and Miles Heizer.

Sarah Mclachlan

Autism Speaks Headed to Albania
Hear from Autism Speaks President Mark Roithmayr as he shares about his trip to Albania for the opening of  the Albanian Children Foundation’s Regional Centre for Autism. Liri Berisha, M.D., and her husband the Prime Minister, Mr. Sali Berisha, took every opportunity to note that without Autism Speaks and Suzanne and Bob Wright, none of this would be possible.

Prime Minister Sali Berisha and Dr. Liri Berisha with Autism Speaks President Mark Roithmayr and his wife Chris

QBE $75,000 Gift to Autism Speaks
On December 7, 2011 Autism Speaks received a  $75,000 QBE Foundation Grant from QBE Americas. The grant will fund the development of the Employment Tool Kit. We are thrilled and thankful for their generosity!

A Funny Affair Honoring Tommy Hilfiger

December 6, 2011 3 comments

On Monday December 5, 2011 Autism Speaks Co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright and New York Center for Autism (NYCA) Co-founders Laura and Harry Slatkin honored iconic fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger for his commitment to increasing awareness and support of the autism community at A Funny Affair for Autism – a star-studded evening of fashion and comedy that helped raise over 1.3 million dollars for individuals with autism and their families.

Hosted by NBC Nightly News Correspondent Peter Alexander, the unprecedented event took place at The Plaza Hotel and drew over 400 guests who were treated to a hilarious comedic performance by “Saturday Night Live” stars Seth Meyers and Bill Hader and a special musical performance by the NYCA Charter School. In addition, comedian and Curb Your Enthusiasm star Susie Essman and Lydia Fenet of Christie’s led an entertaining auction of celebrity designed Christmas trees and menorahs, courtesy of QVC and Bethlehem Lights. The menorahs and trees raised nearly $65,000 and featured festive creations by Martha Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Tommy Hilgier, Adam Sandler, Jonathan Adler, Tiffany & Co., Isaac Mizrahi, and artisans at Godiva.

Tommy Hilfiger, who was presented with the evening’s award by friend and CNN national correspondent Alina Cho, has a longstanding relationship with Autism Speaks as an advocate. Along with his wife, Dee, he co-hosted the Third Annual World Focus on Autism, which brought together first spouses from around the world to discuss solutions to combat the global crisis of autism. In addition, Hilfiger donated his time to appear in Autism Speaks’ new Ad Council public service announcement to help raise awareness about the one in 110 odds of being diagnosed with autism and encourage the public to learn its early warning signs.

All proceeds raised during the evening will go towards Autism Speaks’ research into the causes, prevention, and treatments for autism; as well as to help fund the NYCA, a regional non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of individuals and families living with autism spectrum disorders.

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Media coverage and additional photos from the event:

Wall Street Journal: “A Serious Subject Gets Comic Relief” 

Bloomberg: Scene Last Night

The White Castle Original Slider®-Scented Candles are Back!

November 5, 2010 4 comments

Top 10 Reasons to Buy!!!

1. Holidays are right around the corner. What a great stocking stuffer?!

2. Save on your electric bill AND have your house smell delicious. Hit two birds with one stone!

3. Harold and Kumar are among your favorite movie characters of all time.

4. If you didn’t know, White Castle was the first hamburger chain, buy a candle and be part of history.

5. 4,000 candles have already sold, and there are limited quantities available, shop now!

6. Why pay a fortune to go to a spa, when you can have a White Castle customized aromatherapy treatment?

7. For those of you dieting, you get the burger without the calories!

8. Saturday night is date night with your wife. (And candlelight ups the romance factor.)

9. The smell of BBQ’s will waft through your house. Who wouldn’t want that in November?

10. They are only $13, and a portion of each White Castle candle sold benefits Autism Speaks.

Special thanks to those who made this happen – our corporate partner White Castle, Autism Speaks’ board member, Laura Slatkin, and her company, NEST Fragrances. Laura and her husband, Harry, who founded the New York Center for Autism, have a son with autism. The Slatkins are long-time supporters of Autism Speaks.

Top Ten Reasons To Buy This Candle

  1. Everyone else is buying mom flowers for Mother’s Day this Sunday.
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  3. Febreze doesn’t come in “burger” yet. You long for the scent of sliders and onions in your living room.
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  5. You named your kids Harold and Kumar. 
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  7. Saturday night is date night with your wife. (And candelight ups the romance factor.)
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  9. May is National Hamburger Month (which is second only to Autism Awareness Month).
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  11. It’s your new boyfriend’s birthday.  You know … the fastest way to his heart is through his stomach (…or his nose).
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  13. You’re on the South Beach Diet – and miss your fast food fix.
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  15. It’s sold out online, so it gives you another reason to grab lunch at White Castle.
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  17. Your office deserves to smell delicious, too! If you spend $25 in the House of Crave, you get the air freshener for free.
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  19. Every $10 White Castle candle sold benefits Autism Speaks.

 Special thanks to those who made this happen – our corporate partner White Castle, Autism Speaks’ board member, Laura Slatkin, and her company, NEST Fragrances. Laura and her husband, Harry, who founded the New York Center for Autism, have a son with autism. The Slatkins are long-time supporters of Autism Speaks.

Slatkins Ring NASDAQ Closing Bell to End Autism Awareness Month

Autism Speaks at NASDAQ Closing Bell Ceremony, April 30, 2010

Autism Speaks Board Member Laura Slatkin, and Harry Slatkin, president of Home Design for Limited Brands and of Slatkin & Co., founders of the New York Center for Autism (NYCA), rang the closing bell at the NASDAQ stock market on April 30 in honor of Autism Awareness Month. The Slatkins were joined by supporters and employees of Autism Speaks and NYCA. Visit the NASDAQ site for more photos and video.

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