LOS ANGELES, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kristen and Stephen Stills are hosting the Light Up The Blues Concert—An Evening of Music to Benefit Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. The fundraiser, emceed by Jack Black, is set for Club Nokia in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 PM. An all-star line-up of performers includes: Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN), Ryan Adams, Rickie Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams, Don Felder, Chris Stills, The Miracle Project Fly Singers, plus surprise guests. Actors Amy Brenneman, Max Burkholder, David Marciano, and Michael Chiklis will also be part of the program. The event spotlights Light It Up Blue, Autism Speaks' annual global awareness and fundraising campaign celebrated by the international Autism community during World Autism Awareness Day and throughout Autism Awareness Month in April. Proceeds from the Light Up The Blues Concert will go towards Autism Speaks' research and advocacy efforts for families and individuals impacted by the disorder.
VIP Preferred Seating Packages for Light Up The Blues will go on sale March 13 on the CSN official website (for details, www.crosbystillsnash.com). Seated Tickets ranging in price from $85 to $125 and Standing Room tickets for $38.50 go on sale to the public on March 15 at 10 AM and will be available at www.AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or 888-929-7849 (applicable fees may apply). Tickets may also be purchased from 10AM-5PM, Mon-Fri, at the STAPLES Center Box Office (1111 S. Figueroa St., 90015), or at the Club Nokia box office (800 W. Olympic Blvd., 90015), open after 5PM on show days. No fees are charged at either box office. Additional sponsor packages are available through Autism Speaks. For more information contact: Venas Matthews-Bazin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"As parents of a child on the Autism Spectrum, we recognize the ongoing challenges of every family impacted by this baffling disorder and wish to be part of a community that seeks solutions, and offers support," says Kristen & Stephen Stills. "Light Up The Blues," will celebrate the many gifts of autistic individuals, while supporting Autism Speaks in their mission to raise awareness and continue to enact their successful advocacy on behalf of all those who navigate through the journey of Autism."
Light It Up Blue begins the evening of April 2 on World Autism Awareness Day. Throughout April, countless iconic buildings, landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges, and retail stores along with hundreds of thousands of businesses, homes and communities worldwide participate in Light It Up Blue to help shine a bright light on Autism. Additional ways everyone can participate in Light It Up Blue include: Illuminate: Change your white bulbs to blue. Light up your home, business, school, place of worship or even your website blue to show your support; Donate: Text Autism to 25383 to donate $10 to Autism Speaks or make a donation on www.LightItUpBlue.org; Advocate: Take action as Autism Speaks calls on President Obama and Congress to develop and implement a comprehensive national plan to address autism and sign a petition on www.LightItUpBlue.org.
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, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the Autism Spectrum – a 78 percent increase in six years that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $195 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships and related activities in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.
SOURCE Autism Speaks