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October 7, 2022

TACA Surpasses Fundraising Goal Raising Over $1 Million for Families Living with Autism

The Autism Community in Action (TACA), a national nonprofit organization, surpassed its ambitious fundraising goal by raising over $1 million…

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September 12, 2022

Whitecap Enterprises Supports Ante Up for Autism Fundraising Event to Assist Families Living with Autism

Warrenton, VA – September 12, 2022 – Whitecap Enterprises, investing in many industries that are in their early to middle…

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December 2, 2021

Autism Prevalence is Now 1 in 44, Signifying the Eighth Increase in Prevalence Rates Reported by the CDC Since 2000

The Autism Community in Action (TACA) shared the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports, autism prevalence has taken…

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October 10, 2021

‘Cold Case’ star opens up about her struggles as a mom of twins with autism

Kathryn Morris writes that her journey into autism introduced her to a secret society of sick kids and bankrupted families….

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October 15, 2021

Sun West Mortgage Partners with TACA in Their Mission to Support Families Living with Autism

Sun West Mortgage Company has joined The Autism Community in Action (TACA) to provide funding for educational and support services…

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September 25, 2021

The Autism Community in Action (TACA) Presents the Autism Hero Award to Actor Johnathon Schaech

The Autism Community in Action (TACA) recognized and honored American actor Johnathon Schaech with the organization’s inaugural Autism Hero Award. The…

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August 6, 2021

TACA Announces Appointment of Bill Oldham to the Board of Directors

The Autism Community in Action (TACA) is proud to announce the appointment of Bill Oldham to TACA’s Board of Directors….

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April 21, 2021

TACA Welcomes Tyler Larsen, Jessica Postil, and Mark Ontiveros to Autism Ambassadors Group

The Autism Community in Action (TACA) is proud to announce the appointment of Tyler Larsen, Mark Ontiveros, and Jessica Postil…

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April 14, 2021

Fullerton Man Who Loved Godzilla Gets Monster Tribute

Matthew Muñoz died last year, possibly from COVID-19. His spirit lives on in an autism fundraiser.

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April 1, 2021

TACA Launches a Full Month of Activities for April Autism Action Month

TACA Moves the Autism Community Forward Supporting Families to Take Action for Their Children Diagnosed with Autism   The Autism…

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March 23, 2021

Humblemaker Coffee Co. Debuts TACA Whole Bean Blend for Autism Action Month

SoCal coffee shop is supporting The Autism Community in Action with new SKU   Wellness-focused coffee brand, Humblemaker Coffee Co., announced…

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December 20, 2020

Most Influential: Meet Orange County’s 100 top influencers for 2020

Welcome to Register’s 100 Most Influential People in Orange County. We are highlighting people who made a difference in 2020….

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November 20, 2020

William S Anderson on Behalf of the Anderson Stewart Family Foundation Donates $25,000 Matching Gift to TACA

Funds will launch the annual Year-End Campaign   The Autism Community in Action (TACA), a national nonprofit organization, was honored…

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September 28, 2020

TACA Welcomes Tom Bulow and Vince Quitugua to Autism Ambassadors Group

The Autism Community in Action (TACA) is proud to announce the appointment of Tom Bulow and Vince ‘Bear’ Quitugua to…

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August 26, 2020

Parents of special needs students in OC rejoice over new guidelines for in-person instruction

Lisa Ackerman heard the news shortly after her morning run on Wednesday, Aug. 26, and wept. The executive director and…

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August 24, 2020

Autism community ‘scared to death’ with students losing ground as distance learning continues

As the mother of three young children on the autism spectrum, Laurie Kubasek strives to be masterful juggler. She constantly…

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March 26, 2020

Autism Prevalence is Now 1 in 54

The Autism Community in Action (TACA) shared the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports, autism prevalence has taken…

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February 4, 2020

The Autism Community In Action Collaborates With UCP Of Orange County To Provide Resources To Families With Special Needs

The Autism Community in Action (TACA) launches a new collaboration with UCP of Orange County (UCP-OC) conducting monthly “Coffee Talks”…

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July 12, 2019

TACA Appointment of Dana Crucil and Heather Grimaldi to the Ambassadors Group

The Autism Community in Action (TACA) is proud to announce the appointment of Dana Crucil and Heather Grimaldi to TACA’s…

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May 31, 2019

CA ONLY – Qualified Medicaid Waiver Payments not Subject to Federal Tax in 2014

UPDATED MAY 2019 US TAX COURT ruled in Feign v. Commissioner that Medicaid Waiver Payments are not necessarily nontaxable. The…

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May 1, 2019

Autism Continues to Rise (4 Year-Old Children Survey)

TACA was founded in 2000, the same year that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) created the Autism and Developmental…

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March 1, 2019

TACA Announces Appointment of Inna Kassatkina Jones to the Board of Directors

The Autism Community in Action (TACA) is proud to announce the appointment of Inna Kassatkina Jones to TACA’s board of…

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February 5, 2019

Talk About Curing Autism Announces it’s New Name

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is changing its name today to The Autism Community in Action (TACA). The organization selected…

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December 20, 2018

Huntington Beach Police Officers’ Foundation Raises $51,500 for Families Living with Autism

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), a national nonprofit organization founded in 2000 that helps families living with autism navigate the…

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November 1, 2018

TACA’s 12th Annual “Ante Up For Autism” Event Exceeds Fundraising Goal to Provide Real Help Now for Families Affected by Autism

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a national nonprofit organization founded in 2000 that helps families living with autism navigate…

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September 17, 2018

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Hosts 12th Annual ‘Ante Up For Autism’ Casino And Gala Event

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a national charitable organization founded in 2000 that helps families living with autism navigate…

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April 26, 2018

Autism Prevalence Now 1 in 59 Rate Increases 15% in 2 Years

Autism prevalence has taken another major jump in the wrong direction. A once rare disability in 1970 at 1 to…

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April 18, 2018

TACA Receives a Transformational Gift of $100,000 from the Berle Family

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), a national nonprofit organization helping families living with autism navigate the challenges of the disorder,…

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November 15, 2017

Disneyland Carousel Helps Charities Raise Money for Kids

Hundreds of representatives from 13 Orange County-based children’s charities rode the carousel at Disneyland to raise money for kids in…

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October 22, 2017

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Hosts 11th Annual “Ante Up For Autism” Casino and Gala Event

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a national nonprofit organization founded in 2000 that helps families living with autism navigate…

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April 11, 2017

Why We Must Turn April into Autism Action Month

Over the past 17 years I have served as the executive director of Talk About Curing Autism. TACA is a…

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April 1, 2017

TACA Urges All to Take Action During April’s “Autism Action Month”

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism, announced…

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April 3, 2016

Addressing Autism Requires A Proactive, Conscious Tact

“A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” -Mahatma Ghandi Autism is a devastating neurological and…

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March 31, 2016

The New Autism Prevalence Rate is not a Cause for Celebration

On March 31, 2016 the CDC issued their new official rate of autism per their latest survey (1.) The rate…

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August 17, 2015

Why Would A Government Panel Question Universal Autism Screening? UPDATE

Editors Note: this blog originally posted in August 2015. There are new updates to this story below. When a serious developmental disability…

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July 28, 2015

National TACA Autism Conference Offers Hope and Help to Families Affected by Autism

Recovery from autism is possible! This TACA conference will bring together leading experts in medical, education, legal and support services…

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July 15, 2015

The Annual Cost of Autism Continues to Soar

(Original post in May 2012 with updates in July 2015) In May 2012, new figures were released to highlight a…

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April 24, 2015

Grand Forks Herald – Grafton Parents Meet Challenges of Autism with Determination

There was a time, when Charlie Kern was about 5 years old, that his parents kept a chart on their…

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April 1, 2015

TACA Urges Caring Citizens to Take Action and Support Autism Superheroes During April’s “Autism Action Month”

Autism increased 30% between 2013 and 2014 Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating, empowering…

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February 4, 2015

Our 15 Year Anniversary at TACA

Back in October 2000, an email was shared to invite families to the first TACA meeting for families living with…

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December 4, 2014

Talk About Curing Autism this Holiday Season

Launched more than 14 years ago in November 2000, the Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) organization began as a local…

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July 2, 2014

Autism Experts Respond to Parents Caging Their Child with Autism

There appears to be a lack of definitive research about autism and aggressive behavior in children. In 2011, University of…

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March 27, 2014

Autism Groups React to New CDC-Reported Prevalence of 1 in 68 Children

Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the newest autism prevalence statistics. For children born in 2002,…

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March 27, 2014

CDC Releases New Report On Autism Prevalence Of 1 in 68 As Autism Awareness Month Begins in April

Autism spectrum disorder is now diagnosed in 1 in every 68 children, making it the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. …

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January 22, 2014

Rest In Peace Avonte

For months we have been watching and waiting receive a positive outcome for Avonte Oquendo. Avonte was last seen on…

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November 22, 2013

Eye On OC: A Safe Bet for Support

Life-sized playing cards, poker aficionados and TV stars were part of the Vegas-style event at the seventh annual Ante Up…

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October 30, 2013

TACA is so Grateful Of The Support from Happy Family Brands & Founder Shazi Visram

Shazi Visram, CEO and founder of Happy Family, recently donated $50,000 to support Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) (http://tacanow.org/), a…

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October 25, 2013

Benefit: 7th Annual ‘Ante Up For Autism’

Celebrities, top athletes, professional poker players, and autism supporters gathered at St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort last weekend to attend…

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October 19, 2013

OC Register – Opinion Insert

We are pleased TACA could collaborate to create an Opinion insert in the OC Register. This insert was included in…

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October 15, 2013

Virgen: ‘Ante Up For Autism’ A Winner

As cameras flashed on the red carpet outside the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort this weekend, Lisa Ackerman hugged several…

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September 23, 2013

CDC Announces Newest Threats: Superbugs

CDC Announces Newest Threats: Superbugs http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/threat-report-2013/. Seventy percent of our immune system is in our gut and we are out of…

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June 9, 2013

TACA Responds to Alex Spourdalakis Tragedy

On June 9, 2013, 14-year-old Alex Spourdalakis was found stabbed to death in his Chicago home.  Alex was severely affected…

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June 1, 2013

The Controversial DSM-5 has Been Released: How to Safeguard Your Child’s Services

I’ve been writing about the DSM-5 for over 18 months now but it’s officially published now, released into the wild, as it were. Too…

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April 10, 2013

1 in 88 or 1 in 50: Which Autism Rate Will Prevail?

The rate of autism continues to change; it has skyrocketed. When TACA began as a foundation almost 13 years ago,…

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March 25, 2013

CDC Announces New Autism Survey: Autism Now Affects 1 in Every 50 US Children

Just about a year ago the CDC raised the autism prevalence from 1 in 110 to 1 in 88 (1.)…

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December 19, 2012

TACA Statement on the Sandy Hook Elementary Tragedy

I don’t know anyone who is not in absolute shock and immense sadness about the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary school…

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December 12, 2012

Autism Experts: Facing A Tsunami of New Cases

Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-PA 7) heard area autism experts sound a big alarm about a coming “tsunami” of autism cases…

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December 6, 2012

IPads and Autism – Innovation in Communication

In September 2011, TACA was approached by a long time family member who had a teen with autism who had…

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November 30, 2012

Autism Hearing in Congress November 29th: Important Action Items for Families

AUTISM  HEARING  IN CONGRESS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29th AT 2:00 PM RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING – ROOM 2154   First, I…

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November 29, 2012

Autism DC Hearing Summary

It was a historical day in DC. There was a hearing on autism on November 29, 2012 with Congressmen Burton…

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November 1, 2012

Celebrate Moms!

As We Reflect On All That Mothers Do For Our Lives And Communities, We Spotlight 10 Amazing Examples. As we…

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November 1, 2012

Ante Up For Autism

The annual fundraiser netted $264,000 to help support affected families. Diagnosing autism can be extremely difficult. Those on the spectrum…

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October 12, 2012

Congratulations to National Autism Association

Congratulations To National Autism Association For Their Efforts On Autism And Wandering. We Applaud Their Hard Work For Helping Families…

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September 24, 2012

Ante Up for Autism 2012 – Thank You

TACA would like to thank the sponsors, guests, celebrities and friends that joined us at the 6th Annual ANTE UP…

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September 22, 2012

Charity Lives Pre-Event Feature: TACA’s 6th Annual ‘Ante Up for Autism’

A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TRADITION Here is your chance to gamble for a great cause with celebrities, top athletes and professional…

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September 21, 2012

Daily Pilot: Ante Up For Autism Takes Place Saturday

Annual fundraiser will be at Ritz Carlton in Dana Point. Talk About Curing Autism, which is based in Irvine, is…

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September 20, 2012

Talk About Curing Autism Hosts 6th Annual Poker Fundraiser

“Ante Up For Autism” at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel will include celebrity attendees Celebrities, top athletes, and professional poker…

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September 20, 2012

Greer’s OC: Ante Up For Autism!

On Saturday, starting at 5 p.m., gamble for a much-needed cause with celebrities, athletes and pro poker players at TACA’s…

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September 18, 2012

OC Family: GET YOUR ‘POKER FACE’ ON FOR ANTE UP FOR AUTISM

This year event takes place at a new venue and includes even more guest celebrities Try your hand for a…

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September 14, 2012

Bask Magazine: Support Ante Up For Autism

Support Ante Up For Autism You’re invited to the 6th Annual Ante Up for Autism “Gala and Casino Night” to…

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September 11, 2012

OC Couple Help Autism Group That Helped Them

Dylan McIlvain, 12, and his parents, Pat and Stephanie, are pictured on vacation in Hawaii. The San Clemente family has…

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July 22, 2012

CDC Releases New Autism Survey Rate – 1 In 88 Represents A 78% Increase

The Autism Epidemic continues to rage on…

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July 2, 2012

Parents Of Special Needs Children Worry About Elopement

Parents of Special needs children worry about elopement http://m.ocregister.com/articles/needs-361653-never-special.html

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May 21, 2012

TACA and the Aetrex Navistar GPS Shoe Have Partnered to Offer You Comfort & Security

Comfort & Security… for You and Your Loved Ones Are you worried that your loved one may walk off or drive…

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May 8, 2012

GPS Technology Enhances Quality of Life For Autism Due to Wandering and Safety Issues

GTX Corp extends its growing IP portfolio and a partnership with Talk About Curing Autism to develop GPS tracking location…

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May 3, 2012

DSM5 Last Call to Action

DSM-5 Draft Criteria Open for Public Comment Mental health diagnostic manual available for final online comment period By Holly Bortfeld The…

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November 8, 2011

OC Register: Celebs, Athletes Help Ante Up for Autism

Gala at St. Regis Monarch Beach resort in Dana Point raises funds for the nonprofit Talk About Curing Autism

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November 4, 2011

Dana Point Times: Go. See. Do. Ante Up for Autism

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is holding its 5th Annual Ante Up for Autism fundraising event November 5 at 5…

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October 20, 2011

Hope 4 Hanna Raises $80,000 to Fight Autism

Sunday’s 5K, 10K And ½K Races In San Clemente Drew About 700 Participants, According To An Event Co-Founder. Runners hit…

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October 5, 2011

San Clemente News: Hope 4 Hanna Events Kick Off October 9

Hope 4 Hanna will host its third annual Trace 3 San Clemente 10k-5k-1/2k Kid’s Run Sunday, October 9 at Plaza…

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October 7, 2011

Dana Point Times: Ante Up For Autism 2011 – Nov 5

The 5th Annual Ante Up for Autism is back and better than ever. This premier “Gala and Casino Night” will…

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October 9, 2011

Hope 4 Hanna Takes Aim at Autism

Sunday’s 5K/10K Walk/Run Brings Family Fun And Autism Awareness To San Clemente. Lené Belden and daughter Hanna are ready for…

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September 30, 2011

President Obama Signs Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA) Into Law

Today, President Obama signed the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act into law, extending much needed federal support for autism research, treatment…

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November 18, 2010

TACA’s 4th Annual “Ante Up for Autism” Raises $220,000

Saturday’s star-studded fundraising event captured the hearts of its attendees as more than $220,000 (gross) was raised for families who…

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August 16, 2010

JACK FM & TACA Thank You for JACK’s Fifth Show

Jack did it again! The amazing band line up includes: The Steve Miller Band, The Cult, The Fixx, Night Ranger,…

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August 1, 2010

Racer Buster Bennet and Wife Jennifer to Help Develop an NC Chapter for TACA

Concord, NC – Racecar driver Buster Bennet and wife Jennifer Bennet are working to organize a North Carolina Chapter for…

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June 3, 2010

Let’s Go Ride Bikes

Oregon community members Sammy Carlson and Scott Rowley have organized a bicycle trip from Hood River, Ore., to Ogden, Utah…

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February 2, 2010

Oakley Partners With Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. – Oakley, Inc. today announced that it has partnered with Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), an organization…

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January 22, 2014

Rest In Peace Avonte

November 29, 2012

Autism DC Hearing Summary

November 1, 2012

Celebrate Moms!

November 1, 2012

Ante Up For Autism

June 3, 2010

Let’s Go Ride Bikes

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