ACT Today! Raises Over $57 Thousand Dollars for Children with Autism

Autism Care and Treatment (ACT-Today!) raised over $57,000 for children with autism at this year’s 3rd Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser held on May 18th, 2009 at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, California. The event was hosted by LA Newswoman Gabriela Tessier of Univision and Actor Grant Reynolds, who will soon be seen in Fox Reality Channel's Househusbands of Hollywood.

Corporate and other warriors of autism care and treatment in attendance included corporate sponsors, community leaders, parents of children with autism, the men (Bill Ashley, Danny Barclay and Grant Reynolds) of FOX Reality Channel Show - The Househusbands of Hollywood, Film & TV Actor Basil Wallace, Race car Champion Charles Downes, Gabriela Tessier of Univision, NFL Champion/Actor Ed Marinaro, and Award-winning Jazz Singer/Pianist Joe Croyle.


"We are delighted to have so many community members, celebrities and corporate sponsors participated in this year's golf tournament fundraiser," says Stefan de Nocker, Tournament Director and ACT Today! board member. "This was the most successful ACT Today! Golf Tournament Fundraiser to date."

The 18-hole tournament began at 9:30am with breakfast/registration, followed by a Putting Contest with a chance to win a Porsche for the weekend, courtesy of The Auto Gallery. ACT Today! Volunteers lined the pavement holding banners as they cheered the golfers onwards to the course for an 11am Shotgun start. On course, golfers had a chance to Beat the Pro and win cash by golfing against pro golfer Richard Howell. Those who tried their luck at a Hole-in-One had a chance at winning two first class tickets to Paris with four nights of luxurious accommodations, compliments of New York Life Insurance.

The tournament concluded with Cocktails/Silent Auction and a special visit by the LA Laker Girls who mingled with the players and later presented awards to the tournament winners.
The 3rd Annual Golf Tournament
Fundraiser Winners:

Closest to the Pin
David Babikan

Longest Drive

Kyle McDonald

Highest Score (tie)
Bill Ashley, Danny Barclay, Shayne Romero, Hale Beau
Highest Score (tie)

Michael Bridge, Steven Polin, Michael Asimov, Ken Ray

2nd Net

Jose Corral, David Babikan, Kyle McDonald
1st Net
Charles Downes, Basil Wallace, Jim Bernard, Henry Wilson

1st Gross
Read Jackson, Ed Marinaro, Roy Hamilton, Doug Sellars

Putting Contest
Tommy Roe
Other participants won a wide variety of raffle prizes from sponsors that include Status the Salon, Chili’s, Daphne’s Greek Café, Hope Wine, Distinctive Assets, SKLZ, Carmen’s Kidz & Company.

ACT Today! wishes to thank Tournament Dinner Hosts Actor Grant Reynolds who can soon be seen on Househusbands of Hollywood on Fox Reality Channel and Los Angeles Newswoman Gabriela Tessier of Univision.

Corporate Sponsors included the Center for Autism and Related Disorders TWIW Insurance, Carole Young Brooke Foundation, United Healthcare, Hope Wine, CodeMetro, Metromint, Anhueser-Busch; Kirsch, Kohn & Bridge, City National Bank, The Sage Group; New York Life Insurance, and The Auto Gallery. For the complete list of donors and participants, please visit

"We literally rolled out the red carpet for all of the generous participants and sponsors this year. We hope to see even more participants and sponsors come out to help such a worthy cause next year," says Event Producer Daphne Plump.

To be a sponsor for the 4th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser benefiting children with autism, please contact Daphne Plump at

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Stefan de Nocker, Tournament Director
Daphne Plump, Tournament Producer

About ACT Today:
Autism Care and Treatment (ACT-Today!) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to increase access to effective autism treatments. ACT Today!'s goal is to help facilitate treatment by providing the necessary resources including funding, information and referrals to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and their families.


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