Celebrity attendees included Holly Robinson Peete
PASADENA, CA—40,000 community autism supporters united for a single cause at the 11th annual Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on Saturday, April 20, 2013. The event raised more than $1.8M for autism.
Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this fundraising effort generates vital funds for autism research and raises awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism, the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the US, and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder.
Notable walk attendees included:
- HOLLY ROBINSON PEETE: actress, co-author of My Brother Charlie and Autism Speaks National Board Member
- PHILLIP PALMER: ABC7 Eyewitness News Anchor
- GABRIELA TEISSIER, TERESA QUEVEDO: Univision 34 Los Angeles news anchors, both have children on the autism spectrum
- TISHA CAMPBELL-MARTIN: actress, well known for playing “Gina” in the show Martin
- CHARLENE TILTON: actress, well known for playing “Lucy” in Dallas
- KURT YAEGER: actor, currently plays “Greg the Peg” on Sons of Anarchy
- SHAWN STOCKMAN: singer, well known as a member of Boyz II Men
- JAMIE BREWER: actress, well known for playing “Addie” on American Horror Story
- DEE WALLACE STONE: actress, well known for playing “Mary,” Elliot’s mother, in E.T.
- ERIN MURPHY: actress, well known for playing “Tabitha” in Bewitched
- DAVID ZIMMERMAN: actor, credits include playing cousin “Dom Focker” in Meet the Fockers
- BRIAN GUTIERREZ: State of California Councilmember, on the autism spectrum
For a tenth year, Palmer served as the Master of Ceremonies.
Registration began at 8 a.m. and entertainment and stage programs began at 9 a.m. Walk starts began at 9 a.m. and continued on a rolling basis every ten minutes through 11 a.m.
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Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks was presented by Vons.
ABOUT WALK NOW FOR AUTISM SPEAKS: Walk Now for Autism Speaks is North America’s largest grassroots autism walk. The 2012 LA Autism Walk hosted 35,000 people and raised $1.8M at the Pasadena Rose Bowl, and the 2013 LA Autism Walk hosted 40,000 people, raised more than $1.8M and was the highest fundraising autism walk in the country.http://www.facebook.com/
ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS: Autism Speaks is the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization, dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. www.autismspeaks.org
ABOUT AUTISM: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), autism now affects about 1 in every 88 American children, including 1 in 54 boys. Autism is a complex condition that affects a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges.
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