Photo: Nationally headlining comedian Carlos Mencia performs at the Fullerton Cares 3rd annual ‘Heroes Comedy Show for Autism with Brad Williams and Friends’ benefit comedy night/Photo by Jess Block
$20,000 net Raised During Sold-Out ‘Heroes Comedy Night for Autism with Brad Williams and Friends’ Featuring Carlos Mencia and National Comic Headliners During Autism Awareness Month – April 3
Fullerton Cares Hosted a Comedy Show and Raised $20,000 for Autism
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Media Contact: Jess Block, 909-706-8525, JessBlockPR@gmail.com
FULLERTON, CA- In observance of Autism Awareness Month in April and in support of Fullerton autism charities and special education programs, 600 attendees helped to raise $20,000 net at the sold-out Fullerton Cares 3rd annual ‘Heroes Comedy Show for Autism with Brad Williams and Friends’ benefit comedy night, featuring nationally headlining comics CARLOS MENCIA, GEORGE PEREZ, BRAD WILLIAMS, ADAM RAY, and SKYLAR STONE, at the historic Fox Theatre Fullerton at 500 N. Harbor Blvd. in Fullerton on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 with doors opening at 4:30 p.m. and the show from 7:15-9:45 p.m.
The show was the first ever stand up comedy show held in the historic Fox Theatre, a venue that has been a central feature in Fullerton for over 80 years.
The most recent prior Comedy Show for Autism raised $6000 and hosted 450 attendees, with performances from Jim Jefferies, Edwin San Juan, George Perez and Jeff Garcia.
Photo: Laguna Road School Principal Harold Sullivan with comedian Brad Williams, who attended Laguna Road School in Fullerton where Sullivan was his principal, at the Fullerton Cares 3rd annual ‘Heroes Comedy Show for Autism/Photo by Jess Block.
Says Summer Dabbs, Director at Fullerton Cares, “Comedy Show for Autism benefits a cause that is very special to me and I am proud that we have the ability to make a difference and spread autism awareness in our community.”
Dabbs, of Fullerton, has been involved in special education for over 20 years, working as an ABA therapist, and is personally affected by autism in her own immediate family with the diagnosis of the son of boyfriend Larry Houser, Founder of Fullerton Cares.
Photo: Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation Director Todd Huffman and Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation Treasurer Pat Shepard at the Fullerton Cares 3rd annual ‘Heroes Comedy Show for Autism/Photo by Jess Block.
Says Houser, “When I first found out my son had autism I felt alone. I received an enormous amount of support from local business owners and friends including Fullerton resident Dan Ebert, comedy event director, and Orange County resident Brad Williams, an incredible comic, autism supporter, and a person who has been instrumental in providing the top-quality talent we have each year. They have been with us since the beginning and we are eternally grateful for the time and talent they have lent to our local families affected by autism.”
Tickets (http://acomedyshowforautism.eventbrite.com) for the Comedy Show for Autism were $30 for general admission, $50 for Comfortable choice, $100 seating (in rows 1-5), and $200 for VIP Orchestra, which included food, a wine tasting, and the chance to meet some surprise special guests.
Photo: Comedian Adam Ray, comedian Brad Williams, Fullerton Cares Founder Larry Houser, comedian Skylar Stone and comedian George Perez at the Fullerton Cares 3rd annual ‘Heroes Comedy Show for Autism with Brad Williams and Friends’ benefit comedy night/Photo by Jess Block
Heroes Bar and Grill, of Fullerton, was the presenting sponsor of the event. Heroes supports local autism initiatives, including having recently participated in the Bourbon Street ‘Mardi Gras for Autism’ benefit on Feb. 9, which raised $8,000 for Fullerton School District’s autism programs.
ABOUT FULLERTON CARES: Awareness, acceptance and fundraising are the pillars of Fullerton Cares, which spreads the message of autism throughout North OC and was founded by Lawrence Houser, 36, father to Boyd Houser, 4, who was diagnosed with autism at age two. Raising funds for autism charities and autism programs in Fullerton schools through organizing comedy nights, golf tournaments, and Mardi Gras-style fundraisers, Fullerton Cares was founded in 2009 and has raised over $33,000 to support autism initiatives.http://fullertoncares.com/
ABOUT AUTISM: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), autism now affects about 1 in every 88 American children, including 1 in 54 boys. Autism is a complex condition that affects a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. http://www.autismspeaks.org