SOURCE: Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)
DANA POINT, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 10, 2012) - Here is your chance to gamble for a great cause with celebrities, top athletes and professional poker players at TACA's "ANTE UP FOR AUTISM" fundraising event. This premier "Gala and Casino Night" will benefit TACA -- a national non-profit organization with a mission to educate, empower and provide support to families affected by autism.
On Saturday, September 22 starting at 5pm, special celebrities and sport stars will support autism with Southern California's elite. Located at the luxurious Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel (One Ritz-Carlton Drive) in Dana Point, the event will offer a VIP red carpet entrance, cocktails, tournament poker, live & silent auctions and tips from poker stars.
Both Schaech and Voegele (co-hosts of this year's event) have supported TACA for years. Schaech is most known for his portrayal of the lead singer in the band, The Wonders, in Tom Hank's "That Thing You Do." His recent credits include number one box office hits "Takers," "Quarantine," and "Prom Night." He just finished filming the drama "Hidden Moon" opposite Wes Bentley, the thriller "Dark Circles" and the action film "The Phantom" starring Ed Harris and David Duchovny.
Voegele is a full-time singer-songwriter and part-time actress. She scored the part as the spunky Mia on the popular teen drama "One Tree Hill." Voegele's MySpace Record debut, "Don't Look Away," sold close to a quarter million copies, climbed to No. 4 on the iTunes chart and sent Voegele upstream to Interscope (which has a distribution partnership with MySpace).
In addition to Schaech and Voegele, confirmed celebrity guests include: actor Tony Denison (TNT's New Fall Show "Major Crimes"), actor James Morrison (FOX's "24"), actress Lacey Chabert ("Party of Five" and "Lost in Space"), actor Ken Davitian ("The Artist"), actor Todd Stashwick ("Heroes" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm"), actress Shanna Moakler (Host of E! Entertainment's "Bridalplasty"), reality TV star Alexis Bellino of "The Real Housewives of OC," actress Krista Allen ("The LA Complex"), actor, writer & producer Johnathon Schaech, actress/Singer Kate Voegele, actor Nicholas Gonzalez, actor Ronnie Blevins, actor/producer David Deluise, actor James Lafferty, actor Kelly Perine, actress Marisa Ramirez, actress Amy Davidson, actor/Muscian Andy Mackenzie and actress/TV Host Nicky Whelan.
Last year's event raised more than $250,000. Tickets are on sale now. www.anteupforautism.org.