Actress Jenny McCarthy Brings Attention to Autism At Legoland California’s Tree Lighting Ceremony

July 21, 2010


Family theme park plans to donate to TACA in McCarthy’s honor

WHAT: Actress, comedienne, best-selling author and mother, Jenny McCarthy is this year’s special guest at LEGOLAND California’s fifth annual LEGO Tree Lighting Ceremony dedicated to autism.

Families throughout San Diego County whose children are affected by autism will be special guests as LEGOLAND California presents a special check donation to Talking About Curing Autism (TACA), an organization that provides information, resources, and support to families throughout California affected by autism.

McCarthy’s five-year-old son, Evan, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2005 and is the focus of her fourth best-selling book, Louder than Words – A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism. Evan will join his mother and Santa as they pull the switch to illuminate the 30-foot tall LEGO tree. Once the one-of-a-kind tree is lit, a dazzling display of fireworks lights up the sky and snow showers Park guests from above.

WHEN: Monday, November 26, 2007 5:30 p.m. – Tree Lighting Ceremony begins

Interview opportunities can be arranged for post/prior ceremony

WHERE: LEGOLAND California, Carlsbad

Please call for directions to media entrance

DETAILS: Visuals include: Santa arriving with Jenny McCarthy, McCarthy speaking about her son’s journey with autism,  families affected by autism wearing Santa hats in the audience, a stilt-walking toy soldier, LEGOLAND snow and of course, the world’s largest LEGO Holiday  tree.

More than 245,000 forest green DUPLO® bricks click together to create this one-of-a-kind holiday tree at LEGOLAND California. Adorned with more than 240 LEGO ornaments and 100 LEGO holiday candles, this LEGO brick tree towers over the main entrance of the 128-acre family theme park in Carlsbad.

Autism is a devastating neurological disorder that typically affects children between the ages of 18 months and five years of age and strikes with different levels of severity. According to TACA, currently, autism affects one in 150 children nationwide and in California, twelve are diagnosed each day. TACA provides support, education, and information to more than 3,000 California families touched by autism. Through direct donations and events, the organization is able to offer monthly education and support meetings in eight locations, parent mentoring, the TACA Autism Journey Guide, as well as seminars and conferences.

The new spokesperson for families affected by autism, McCarthy is reaching out nationally to help families affected by the disorder by sharing her personal story. A successful comedienne, host, actress and author, McCarthy currently lives in Los Angeles with her son, Evan.

MEDIA CONTACT: Crystal Kranz, 760-918-5412