Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), a national non-profit organization that supports families touched by autism, will host the 5th Annual Ante Up for Autism Gala and Casino Night. Last year, more than 300 attendees and supporters of this star-studded fundraiser brought in $220,000 for TACA. The nonprofit organization dedicates its efforts to speeding up autism diagnosis and treatments, improving the quality of life and strengthening the autism community.
Patrick McIlvain, board member for TACA and vice president of sports marketing for Foothill Ranch-based Oakley, Inc., will be this year’s event chair. The Gala and Casino Night will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa.
Celebrities, athletes, poker professionals and devoted sponsors will come to show their support of TACA. There will be live and silent auctions with donations from the sponsors, exciting casino action and a poker tournament and cocktails with lounge music to enjoy. The red carpet rolls out at 5:00 p.m. with a VIP reception, sponsors will begin the live auction at 7:00 p.m. and the much anticipated poker tournament will start at 8:00 p.m.
A few of the evening’s special guests include “CSI:NY” star AJ Buckley, singer Kate Voegele, musician Cisco Adler, and professional beach volleyball couple, Kerri Walsh and Casey Jennings.
“As a fifth year event, we have a strong group of supporters that attend year after year, but we are always inviting new attendance and support,” said Pat McIlvain, TACA’s Ante Up for Autism Event Chair. “This is a fun event and people don’t have to worry about being stuck at a table listening to long speeches. We are looking to engage, educate and have fun, with the goal of raising $250,000 that will go directly to TACA program support.”
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