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Stars such as Debra Messing, Alfred Molina and Zachary Quinto are gearing up to perform Acts of Love in support of Autism Speaks.

Acts of Love is Autism Speaks’ annual awards reception celebrating those who have made a difference in the Autism Community. The event raises funds and awareness which allows Autism Speaks to continue its work in finding a cure for autism.

International performers and celebrities including Adam Arkin, Benjamin Bratt, Austin Butler and Michael Chiklis, make up some of the cast which will perform an array of readings and quotes for the 7th Annual Acts of Love event. Also taking part are Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gary Cole, Michaela Conlin, Keith David, Carla Gugino, John Heard, Mary McDonnell, CCH Pounder, Amanda Seyfried, Amber Tamblyn and Lynn Whitfield.

Musical performances will include vocalist Niki Haris with Tim McAfee-Lewis & New Thought and The Agape House Band.

Many more celebrities are expected to walk the Red Carpet.

Autism affects 1 in 150 children born today, making it the fastest growing developmental disorder, yet still receives less than 5% of the research funding going to less prevalent childhood diseases. Autism Speaks aims to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders through funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism.

Acts of Love will take place Saturday, October 3rd, at Santa Monica City College on the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage, starting at 5 p.m. with a VIP & Celebrity Pre-Show. The theater doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the performance and Awards Presentation.

To find out more or purchase tickets, visit the Acts of Love website.

There is currently a call for help with ticket sales and volunteers; those interested in getting involved “behind the scenes” should email Emma Petievich at epetievich@autismspeaks.org.

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