Jenny McCarthy and Lance Armstrong Top Celebrity List to Raise Funds for Autism

July 21, 2010


News Release

Joyce Lowder, 760-360-7754, 949-285-4366
Kim Crawford, 949-412-8153

Talk About Curing Autism to Host Southern California Celebrity Gala

Orange County, CA—August 1, 2008 – Jenny McCarthy, actress, comedian and model will co-host a major fundraiser to benefit families affected by autism with Lance Armstrong, seven-time world champion road racing cyclist. McCarthy also serves as spokesperson for event host, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA).

McCarthy and Armstrong host the celebrity-packed evening Ante Up for Autism, at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California on Friday, October 3, 2008. Joining the co-hosts will be a line up of sports celebrities including Ryan Scheckler, Jim Everett, Tony Hawk, Brian Lopes, Jeremy McGrath and more.

McCarthy stated, “TACA was one of the first organizations I encountered that gave me hope. Their message was positive and they helped convince me that outcomes for children with autism can be positive. Once I found TACA I didn’t feel so alone. I got the support and information I needed to put me right on track. Now my son, Evan, is doing remarkably well. Now it’s my turn to help TACA.” McCarthy is the author of Louder Than Words – A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism which chronicles her experiences and healing philosophies as a parent of a child with autism.

The formal evening of cocktails, dinner and entertainment will be highlighted by a professional poker tournament and casino venue provided by Commerce Casino, featuring poker celebrity and special guests, Marcel Luske, Michelle Lau and others.

Armstrong commented, “With one in every 150 children being diagnosed, autism is becoming an epidemic that can’t be ignored any longer. I see daily, how hard my friends have to struggle to get proper care and support for their child. I’m pleased to join TACA and Jenny McCarthy in co-hosting Ante Up for Autism.

Proceeds from the event will fund educational programs and services for families affected by autism. TACA hopes to surpass last year’s sell out event which netted $325,000.

Seating is limited. For information about Ante Up for Autism reservations and sponsorship opportunities, visit or to learn about the programs and services, visit or call  (949) 640-4401.

About TACA

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a national organization, headquartered in Newport Beach California, dedicated to providing information, resources, and support to families affected by autism. For families who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments. TACA helps to strengthen the autism community by connecting families and the professionals who can help them, allowing them to share stories and information to help people with autism be the best they can be.

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) provides support, education and information, and resources to more than 9,000 families in the U.S. who are touched by autism. One in every 150 children in the United States has autism. Approximately 95 percent of TACA's services are provided at no charge and include education and support meetings, parent mentoring, and the Autism Journey Guide. TACA helps to strengthen the autism community by connecting families with professional assistance and serves to bridge the gap between diagnosis and effective treatment.

About Autism

Autism is a devastating neurological and biological disorder typically affecting children between the ages of 18 months to five years of age. One in every 150 children in the United States has autism. Autism affects each individual differently and at different levels of severity. Some individuals with autism are severely affected, cannot speak, require constant one on one care, and are never able to live on their own. While others are less severe, can communicate and eventually acquire the necessary skills to live on their own.