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Retired NFL Pro-Bowl quarterback Jim Everett, shown here with his daughter Ashley, was a special guest at this year’s Ante Up for Autism fundraiser for TACA at the St. Regis. Photo: Courtesy
Retired NFL Pro-Bowl quarterback Jim Everett, shown here with his daughter Ashley, was a special guest at this year’s Ante Up for Autism fundraiser for TACA at the St. Regis. Photo: Courtesy

Dana Point Times

The eighth annual Ante Up for Autism event, Nov. 8 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, grossed more than $356,000 to benefit Talk About Curing Autism’s mission to educate, empower and provide support to families affected by autism, event organizers reported.

Guests gambled the night away while helping families affected by autism. This event offered cocktails, a gourmet four-course dinner, tournament poker, a live and silent auction and tips from poker stars.

Actors David Marciano, Todd Stashwick, Nicholas Gonzalez and Aaron Scotti were special guests at this year’s Ante Up for Autism fundraiser for TACA at the St. Regis. Photo: Courtesy
Actors David Marciano, Todd Stashwick, Nicholas Gonzalez and Aaron Scotti were special guests at this year’s Ante Up for Autism fundraiser for TACA at the St. Regis. Photo: Courtesy

Special guests included actors Jonathon Schaech, Nicky Whelan, David Marciano; retired NFL Pro-Bowl quarterback Jim Everett and pro poker players Michelle Lau, Joseph Reitman and David Mosikian, among others.

“The proceeds from Ante Up for Autism will help our families who are struggling to understand the autism diagnosis,” Lisa Ackerman, TACA founder, said in a statement.  “Thanks to the amazing support we received … our families will be given hope and guidance to unlock the potential of their children. We are thrilled with the generosity of our sponsors and donors making this a record breaking year for TACA.”

Last year’s event raised more than $259,000.

More information is available at www.anteupforautism.org.

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