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LA Autism Walk Hosts 40,000 Attendees and Raises Over $1.8M for Autism

Posted On 2013 Apr 28
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Celebrity attendees included Holly Robinson Peete

Tisha Campbell-Martin announces funds raised during Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The 2013 LA Autism Walk hosted 40,000 attendees, raised over $1.8M for autism and is the largest autism walk in the country. Photo by Efong Chiu

Tisha Campbell-Martin announces funds raised during Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The 2013 LA Autism Walk hosted 40,000 attendees, raised over $1.8M for autism and is the largest autism walk in the country. Photo by Efong Chiu

A team gathers for a group photo during Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The 2013 LA Autism Walk hosted 40,000 attendees, raised over $1.8M for autism and is the largest autism walk in the country. Photo by Efong Chiu

A team gathers for a group photo during Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The 2013 LA Autism Walk hosted 40,000 attendees, raised over $1.8M for autism and is the largest autism walk in the country. Photo by Efong Chiu

 A team gathers for a group photo during Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The 2013 LA Autism Walk hosted 40,000 attendees, raised over $1.8M for autism and is the largest autism walk in the country. Photo by Rex Sanchez

A team gathers for a group photo during Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The 2013 LA Autism Walk hosted 40,000 attendees, raised over $1.8M for autism and is the largest autism walk in the country. Photo by Rex Sanchez

ABC7 Eyewitness News Anchor and LA Autism Walk Master of Ceremonies Phillip Palmer and Univision 34 Los Angeles news anchor Gabriela Teissier, who has a child on the autism spectrum, at Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The 2013 LA Autism Walk hosted 40,000 attendees, raised over $1.8M for autism and is the largest autism walk in the country. Photo by Efong Chiu

ABC7 Eyewitness News Anchor and LA Autism Walk Master of Ceremonies Phillip Palmer and Univision 34 Los Angeles news anchor Gabriela Teissier, who has a child on the autism spectrum, at Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The 2013 LA Autism Walk hosted 40,000 attendees, raised over $1.8M for autism and is the largest autism walk in the country. Photo by Efong Chiu

Senior Director of Field Development for Southern California Autism Speaks Pam Eisenberg and LA Autism Walk committee member Navah Paskowitz share a hug during Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The 2013 LA Autism Walk hosted 40,000 attendees, raised over $1.8M for autism and is the largest autism walk in  the country. Photo by Efong Chiu

Senior Director of Field Development for Southern California Autism Speaks Pam Eisenberg and LA Autism Walk committee member Navah Paskowitz share a hug during Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The 2013 LA Autism Walk hosted 40,000 attendees, raised over $1.8M for autism and is the largest autism walk in the country. Photo by Efong Chiu

Singer Shawn Stockman, well known as a member of Boyz II Men, singing the national anthem at Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The 2013 LA Autism Walk hosted 40,000 attendees, raised over $1.8M for autism and is the largest autism walk in the country. Photo by Efong Chiu

Singer Shawn Stockman, well known as a member of Boyz II Men, singing the national anthem at Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The 2013 LA Autism Walk hosted 40,000 attendees, raised over $1.8M for autism and is the largest autism walk in the country. Photo by Efong Chiu

Autism Speaks Executive Director for Southern California Matt Asner addresses the crowd during Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The 2013 LA Autism Walk hosted 40,000 attendees, raised over $1.8M for autism and is the largest autism walk in  the country. Photo by Efong Chiu

Autism Speaks Executive Director for Southern California Matt Asner addresses the crowd during Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The 2013 LA Autism Walk hosted 40,000 attendees, raised over $1.8M for autism and is the largest autism walk in the country. Photo by Efong Chiu

State of California Councilmember Brian Gutierrez, who is on the autism spectrum, addresses the crowd during Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The 2013 LA Autism Walk hosted 40,000 attendees, raised over $1.8M for autism and is the largest autism walk in  the country. Photo by Efong Chiu

State of California Councilmember Brian Gutierrez, who is on the autism spectrum, addresses the crowd during Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The 2013 LA Autism Walk hosted 40,000 attendees, raised over $1.8M for autism and is the largest autism walk in the country. Photo by Efong Chiu

Actress, co-author of My Brother Charlie and Autism Speaks National Board Member Holly Robinson Peete at Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The 2013 LA Autism Walk hosted 40,000 attendees, raised over $1.8M for autism and is the largest autism walk in the country. Photo by Efong Chiu

Actress, co-author of My Brother Charlie and Autism Speaks National Board Member Holly Robinson Peete at Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The 2013 LA Autism Walk hosted 40,000 attendees, raised over $1.8M for autism and is the largest autism walk in the country. Photo by Efong Chiu

A team gathers for a group photo during Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The 2013 LA Autism Walk hosted 40,000 attendees, raised over $1.8M for autism and is the largest autism walk in the country. Photo by Rex Sanchez

A team gathers for a group photo during Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The 2013 LA Autism Walk hosted 40,000 attendees, raised over $1.8M for autism and is the largest autism walk in the country. Photo by Rex Sanchez

A team shows their autism support while walking with a large sign during Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The 2013 LA Autism Walk hosted 40,000 attendees, raised over $1.8M for autism and is the largest autism walk in the country. Photo by Teresa Yu

A team shows their autism support while walking with a large sign during Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The 2013 LA Autism Walk hosted 40,000 attendees, raised over $1.8M for autism and is the largest autism walk in the country. Photo by Teresa Yu

A walker shows her autism support with a homemade sign during Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The 2013 LA Autism Walk hosted 40,000 attendees, raised over $1.8M for autism and is the largest autism walk in the country. Photo by Teresa Yu

A walker shows her autism support with a homemade sign during Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The 2013 LA Autism Walk hosted 40,000 attendees, raised over $1.8M for autism and is the largest autism walk in the country. Photo by Teresa Yu

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.

For more information on the LA Autism Walk,

go to http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1037427.

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/AutismSpeaks.LosAngeles?fref=ts http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1037427

 

ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKSAutism 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.

 

For more information contact:

Kait Mack, LA Autism Walk Publicity Chair - 413-204-3439kaitmack12@hotmail.com,

 Jess Block Nerren, LA Autism Walk Communications Chair – 909-706-8525jessblockpr@gmail.com,

 Pam Eisenberg, Senior Director of Field Development for Southern California Autism Speaks - 310-948-4426,pam.eisenberg@autismspeaks.org,

 Matt Asner, Autism Speaks Executive Director for Southern California - 323-297-4720matt.asner@autismspeaks.org.

 

 

 

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