Ed Asner, Celerity & Friends Poker Tournament, LA

Rosie O'Donnell & Ed Asner | Photo: Erin Poole for Average Socialite

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016 @ 5PM

Hot Spot: USC Tower at South Park Center, Los Angeles, CA

Deets: Ed Asner and Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, presented the 4th Annual Ed Asner & Friends Poker Tournament on Saturday, August 6, 2016, at the USC Tower at South Park Center in Downtown Los Angeles.

The poker tournament raised over $64,000 to support the Southern California chapter of Autism Speaks. In addition to the Celebrity Poker Tournament, guests enjoyed a dinner buffet by Patina Catering; cocktails and silent/live auctions (speaks16.gesture.com) and poker prizes were given to the top three winners.


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. 


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 $560 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year, Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in nearly 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 70 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Spotted: More than 300 guests are expected at this year’s event, sponsored by Steelcase. Expected celebrities include Ed Asner, Rosie O’Donnell (The View), Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story), Ed Begley Jr. (St. Elsewhere, Ghostbusters), Michael McKean (Better Call Saul), W. Earl Brown (Preacher, Deadwood) and Steve Wilkos. Past celebrity attendees include Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau, Evan Handler, Max Burkholder, Ed Begley Jr. and Michael McKean. 

Hint For The Average Socialite: To purchase tickets, go to autismspeaks.print2d.com. For questions about ticketing, please contact Brandon Adachi at: Brandon.adachi@autismspeaks.org or (323) 297-4731.

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