Autism Speaks is thrilled to announce the Into The Blue Fashion Gala taking place on Saturday, October 21 at Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles.

The Annual Signature Gala brings together over 400 influencers from the Southern California area to raise vital funds for autism research, advocacy, and resources for every stage of life. Into The Blue will take a seat at the forefront of fashion entertainment as it partners with the iconic fashion brand ESCADA to present the runway looks.

The gala will feature a variety of one-of-a-kind surprises to delight and entertain throughout the evening. Upon arrival, celebrity and VIP guests will walk the signature blue carpet for top press and photographers. From 6:30pm – 8:30pm, guests will enjoy a cocktail reception featuring gourmet craft cocktails, surprise live performances, a silent auction, and the opportunity to mix and mingle. At 8:30pm, all guests will be seated in the grand ballroom and treated to a curated fashion show by luxury women’s wear line ESCADA. Celebrity models including Alessandra Garcia and America’s Next Top Model winner Naima Mora will walk the runway with ANTM stars Hannah Kat Jones, Courtney Paige, and Delanie Dischert, among others.

Following the runway show, awards will be presented to designated leaders and individual honorees for their dedication to enhancing lives today and accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. This year’s Awareness Award will be presented to Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studio’s THE GOOD DOCTOR, starring Freddie Highmore who portrays a young surgeon with autism.

“Autism Speaks recognizes the influence and impact that the entertainment industry has on advancing the awareness of autism,” stated Angela Geiger, president and CEO of Autism Speaks. “We are grateful for the support and are thrilled to recognize community leaders who have made a committed effort to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism..”

Autism Speaks will also honor the following leaders for their dedication to supporting people with autism – Dr. Connie Kasari with The Acceleration Award, the Stills Family with The Legacy Award, Cintas with The Influencer Award, and Skip Keesal with The Advocate Award.

Gala sponsors include ABC Studios, Sony Pictures Television, Walt Disney Studios, Keesal, Young & Logan, Forever 21, Fox Filmed Entertainment, Inner Images, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

To learn more about the Autism Speaks Fashion Gala, please click here.

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