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Star-studded golf charity event benefits autism nonprofit

The Golf Shootout at Pelican Hill Resort raises money for Talk About Curing Autism.

BY Schardé VallonePublished: June 29, 2011

The Getzlaf Golf Shootout, a fundraiser created to benefit the Costa Mesa-based nonprofit organization Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) took place last Sunday at the Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Coast. Hosted by Anaheim Ducks captain and 2010 Winter Olympics Gold Medalist Ryan Getzlaf, the inaugural annual charity event brought together more than 200 participants, including community leaders, a host of NHL stars and two TV celebrities.

Founded by Lisa Ackerman in 2000, TACA provides education, support and autism-related information to families with those diagnosed with autism.

The two-day charitable affair began Saturday evening with a pre-event dinner and auction at Costa Mesa’s popular Sutra nightclub, and ended the following day with the Golf Shootout and awards ceremony at Pelican Hill’s Tom Fazio-designed 54-hole course.

Golfers included Ducks players George Parros, Corey Perry, Bobby Ryan, Luca Sbisa, Andy Sutton and Shane Obrien, plus Paul Bisonette (the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes), Brett Festerling (Atlanta Thrashers) and Joffrey Lupul (Toronto Maples Leafs). In addition, actors Kevin Dillon and Kevin Connely (both featured in the TV show “Entourage”) swung into action at the charity event.

“Ever since my cousin Morgan was diagnosed with autism, my wife and I have dedicated ourselves to give back to the local community by supporting such a worthy cause,” said Getzlaf.  “My goal for this golf tournament is to not only raise money for TACA but to also build awareness. Autism is treatable.”

Through such fundraising events and partnerships, TACA has been able to expand and grow to serve more than 26,500 families across the United States. These benefits also allow 95 percent of TACA’s services to be free.

“Thanks to the success of this two-day charity event, we are one step closer to achieving our goal of helping families receive the resources they need for their children who have been diagnosed with autism,” said Ackerman.

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