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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Center for Autism and Related Disorders Celebrates 20 Years with a Star-Studded, Red Carpet Gala on September 25, 2010

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD), the world's largest autism treatment center, announces success with its 20th Anniversary Gala, celebrating 20 years of leading the way in the effective treatment of autism. The event, benefiting ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today), was held on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at the legendary Park Plaza Hotel, 607 S. Park View Street, in Los Angeles.


"This star-studded, charity event drew 500 supporters including community leaders, leading autism researchers and therapists from around the nation, children who have recovered from autism through CARD's treatment programs; as well as celebrities from film, television, and sports," says Event Producer Daphne Plump.

One in 110 children is diagnosed with autism in America. The neurological disorder is more prevalent than pediatric cancer, juvenile diabetes and AIDS combined. "Autism is a global issue that challenges the very fiber of humanity," says Grammy winner Macy Gray, who performed a mini-concert at the gala's post party. "As a mother and artist, I support families and communities struggling to secure treatment while preserving dignity. I support CARD and ACT Today! for making therapies available to those who lack the financial means."

Guests who walked the red carpet included: Macy Gray (Grammy-winning artist), Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh (world-renowned autism expert), Emmy winner Archie Panjabi ("The Good Wife"), Actor Max Burkholder (Emmy-nominated show "Parenthood"), Dr. Jim Sears ("The Doctors" talk show), Tila Tequila (reality star), actress Ariel Winters ("Modern Family), Kyle Massey ("Dancing With the Stars"), actress Lorraine Toussaint ("Saving Grace"), actor Barry Shabaka Henley ("Flash Forward), Taylor Armstrong ("Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Won-G (International Rap Artist), actor C.S. Lee ("Dexter"), Janna (recovered from autism), Brett (recovered from autism), 2 U Neek (Disney stars), The Miracle Project kids ("Autism: the Miracle"), as well as experts in the field of autism.

Gala Honorary Committee Members include Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Kelsey Grammer, Howie Mandel, Joe Mantegna, Camryn Manheim, Jane Kaczmarek, Ken and Linda Howard, Annette O'Toole, John Salley, the Dixie Chicks, Antonio Sabato, Jr., Jerry Penacoli, John Mendoza, Charles Downes, Leeza Gibbons, Ron Masak, Leven Rambin, Tom Bergeron, and Mariel Hemingway.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sovage Premium Denim and Urban Behavior Co-Sponsor Fundraiser for Autism

Won-G, Founder of Sovage Premium Denim, has announced both companies will co-sponsor ACT Today’s! 5th Annual Denim and Diamonds for Autism event, benefiting children with autism.

Hidden Hills, CA October 23, 2010    Won-G Founder/ CEO of Sovage Premium Denim and Arif Noor Founder/ CEO of Urban Behavior announce they are proud to be the Denim Sponsors of ACT Today’s! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) 5th Annual Denim & Diamonds for Autism fundraiser. The event will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 5839 Jed Smith Road in Hidden Hills, California. The first rate fundraiser provides grants for therapy, biomedical treatments, social skills groups, protective helmets and more for children with autism whose families can not afford the necessary tools for their child to live a productive life or reach their highest potential. Every year, community partners and business leaders generate more than $80,000 in funds to support children with autism. The red carpet event will be held from 5pm – 11pm. The event is produced by D. Plump Consulting.

“Together, we can help raise awareness to fight this horrible disorder,” says Won-G, Founder of Sovage Premium Denim and ACT Today!’s International Ambassador. “Children should not have to suffer with autism. Please join ACT Today as we step into the future to create change in the lives of those children affected by autism. “ 

The “denim and diamonds” charity event is expected to draw 300-400 supporters including community leaders, celebrities and world-renowned autism expert/researcher Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh. “When I began my career, the incidence rate of autism was 1 in 10,000. Today, it’s 1 in 100 children,” says Dr. Granpeesheh. “This is clearly an epidemic. Many children would benefit from treatment, but they have zero access because of lack of funding. This is not acceptable. Autism is treatable.”

“We are thrilled to have Sovage Premium Denim and Urban Behavior join us in the mission to provide hope to children with autism,” says ACT Today’s! Executive Director Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson. 

The event will include an outdoor silent auction and cocktail reception with live entertainment, followed by a seated dinner buffet program, live auction, dancing and entertainment provided by Bruce Springsteen’s former front man of the Steel Mill band, Robbin Thompson. Individual tickets are $100. Table Sponsorships are $1,500. For more information, please 

Additional sponsors include: TWIW Insurance Services, LLC (Diamond Sponsor), The Auto Gallery (Auto Sponsor), Firemen’s Fund Insurance (Entertainment Sponsor), Judy and Jay Hearst (Paddle Auction Sponsor), and Event Sponsors RT Specialty, LLC; New Heights Entertainment, Morgan Stanley, and United Healthcare.

About Sovage Premium Denim:
/sō-väzh/, n. The voice that gives each of us the right to be free; that which lives in all human beings. Sovage provides luxurious, great fitting, denim and apparel to the sophisticated and trendy consumer. Using only the highest quality of materials, satin lining, and detailing, Sovage Denim offers styles for the everyday and special occasions. Consumers are amazed by the comfort and fit of Sovage denim! Sovage is more than clothing, it is a lifestyle. The made in the USA Sovage brand strongly believes in supporting American manufacturing jobs. Additionally Sovage is an advocate for the rebuilding efforts in Haiti, donating a portion of each sale to the One Dome at a Time Foundation.

Urban Behavior:
With a vast product range that includes denim, streetwear and the latest must have trends, URBAN BEHAVIOR offers you the price-point opportunity to express your unique personality and style. From everyday looks to statement pieces, UB designs are young, vibrant, and energetic, and embrace the multifaceted lifestyles of today’s style enthusiasts and trendsetters. 

Celebrity fans include: Nicole Richie, Christina Aguilera, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Rachel Bilson, Halle Berry, Jennifer Garner, Keanu Reeves, Dr. Dre, Perez Hilton, Jay-Z, Will Smith.