ED ASNER AND HOLLYWOOD CELEBRITIES “UP THE ANTE” FOR AUTISM SOCIETY POKER TOURNAMENT

TV Legend and Celebrities Lead Effort to Raise Money for Autism Society of America at 5th Annual Celebrity Poker Tournament Sept. 9

Ed Asner and Autism Society of America, the nation’s leading autism advocacy organization, presents the 5th Annual Ed Asner & Friends Poker Tournament Celebrity Night on Saturday, September 9, 2017, 5:00 PM, at Haworth Los Angeles Showroom in Downtown Los Angeles (444 South Flower St). Asner leads a long list of celebrities, sponsors, and top movie studio execs who have teamed up on behalf of Autism Society of America. More than 300 guests are expected to attend at this year’s event. #pokerwithed

Celebrities expected to join Ed Asner include Rosie O’Donnell, Don Cheadle, Matthew Modine, Michael Chiklis, Dylan McDermott, Lou Diamond Phillips, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Bergeron, Peter Fonda, Darryl Hannah, Thomas Gibson, Lisa Loeb, Michael McKean, Holly Robinson Pete, Wayne Brady, Randy Rainbow, Sebastian Bach, Rocky Carroll, Patricia Heaton, Ivy Teves and Greg Grunberg among others.

“The Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament is always a memorable and rewarding opportunity for us to bring friends and members of the industry together to raise funds for Autism Society,” said Asner, who has a son and grandson on the spectrum. “Our goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders, which now affects 1 out of every 68 people in the United States.”

In addition to the Celebrity Poker Tournament, guests will enjoy a dinner buffet, cocktails, silent auction and opportunity drawings. Poker prizes will be awarded for the top three winners. Nonpoker players can also join in to watch the poker tournament, enjoy the buffet, cocktails, and participate in the Silent/Live Auctions.

Now in its fifth year, the poker tournament is expecting to raise over $100,000 to support Autism Society of America’s mission to increase public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the autism spectrum, advocate for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and provide the latest information regarding treatment, education and research. For questions about the event, please contact Kayleigh Millet at: kmillet@autism-society.org

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ABOUT AUTISM

Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, and repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 68 children in the U.S. and 1 in 48 boys are on the autism spectrum.

ABOUT THE AUTISM SOCIETY OF AMERICA:

The Autism Society of America has been improving the lives of all affected by autism since 1965 and envisions a world where individuals and families living with autism are able to maximize their quality of life, are treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued. We provide advocacy, education, information and referral, support, and community at national, state and local levels through our strong nationwide network of Affiliates. www.autism-society.org

EVENT CONTACT:

Kayleigh Millet • Autism Society • kmillet@autism-society.org

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Cheri Warner • Erick Yamagata • Weissman/Markovitz Communications

818.760.8995 • cheri@publicity4all.comerick@publicity4all.com