Celebrity STARS & STRIKES Bowling Tournament Seeks to Raise Autism Awareness and Much Needed Funds to Help Children with Autism

November 29, 2011

“Today 1 in 110 Children are diagnosed with Autism, making it more common than Childhood Cancer, Juvenile Diabetes, and Pediatric AIDS combined,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Orange County, California (PRWEB) November 28, 2011

Join the Charity Lives campaign in support of ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!) and The Eddie Guardado Foundation (EGF). The two national non-profit organizations based in Southern California, announced their Celebrity STARS & STRIKES Bowling Tournament to be held on Sunday, January 29, 2012 from 5 pm to 8:30 pm at Bowlmor Lanes located at 2405 Park Avenue in Tustin, California. The event, hosted by ACT Today! and EGF, which formed an alliance in January 2011, will help provide resources and grants to children with autism whose families cannot afford the necessary care and treatment their children need to reach their full potential.

âœThanks to Eddie’s successful baseball career we have felt financially blessed to be able to give our daughter, Ava, all the therapies that she has needed,â says Lisa Guardado, wife of retired Major League Baseball (MLB) Pitcher Eddie Guardado and ACT Today! board member. âœThrough fundraising events like STARS & STRIKES, we hope to help other less fortunate families so that they may achieve their goals and dreams for their children affected by autism.â

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 110 children in America is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), making ASD more prevalent than juvenile diabetes, pediatric cancer and childhood AIDS combined. Guardado hopes the community will come together to raise autism awareness and much needed funds to help children with the developmental disorder.

âœThis will be our first time organizing a bowling tournament in Orange County,â says Lisa Guardado. âœIn the past, we have raised about $50,000 at a single event. However, with the communityâs help and celebrity outreach, we are confident that we can raise much more.â

Confirmed celebrities playing in the tournament, include: 2-Time All-Star Pitcher “Everyday Eddie” Guardado, LA Angels of Anaheim 4-Time All-Star Torii Hunter, Texas Rangers 6-Time All-Star Michael Young, Texas Rangers 2-Time All-Star Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers Derek Holland, Hall-of-Famer Rod Carew, LA Angels of Anaheim 3-Time All-Star Garret Anderson, Arizona Diamondbacks All-Star Pitcher J. J. Putz, Milwaukee Brewers LaTroy Hawkins, Former MLB Player and Radio Personality Rex Hudler, All-Star Pitcher Jamie Moyer of the Milwaukee Brewers, Brandon Kintzler of the Cincinnati Reds, Carlos Fisher of the St. Louis Cardinals, Brad Thompson, Former MLB Player Adam Melhuse, 2-Time All-Star Pitcher Aaron Sele, All-Star Pitcher Chad Cordero, and Texas Rangers Coach and Former MLB Player Gary Pettis.

Events such as the Celebrity STARS & STRIKES Bowling Tournament allow ACT Today! to raise essential funds to provide grants for families in desperate need of care and treatment. In the past year, ACT Today! has distributed $340,000 in grants to families.

For more information about the Celebrity STARS & STRIKES Bowling Tournament, including sponsorship opportunities and tickets to attend the event, visit http://www.Act-Today.org or http://www.CharityLives.com.

Daphne Plump

Tel: (661) 478-6512



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