The star-studded evening will feature celebrity ‘blue’ carpet arrivals, a cocktail reception with music by DJ Irie, an exclusive celebrity fashion experience, and a four-course dinner. “Into the Blue” raises funds to support the mission of Autism Speaks, the research and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of children, adults and families affected by autism.
This year’s honoree is Jeff Apploff, Founder of Apploff Entertainment and Executive Producer and Creator of hit game shows such as “Don’t Forget the Lyrics!” and “Beat Shazam,” the mega-hit hosted by Foxx and deejayed by his daughter, Corinne Foxx. Apploff is a longtime supporter of Autism Speaks.
“We appreciate Jeff’s dedication and tireless efforts to raise funds that help us meet the diverse needs of the autism community in California and throughout the country,” said Autism Speaks President and CEO Angela Geiger. “And we’re so grateful to Jamie Foxx, whose performance is sure to make the evening even more memorable.”
Past gala honorees have included the Stephen Stills Family, FX’s COO Chuck Saftler, ABC’s “The Good Doctor,” Hollywood talent manager and producer Steven Grossman, and City National Bank’s SVP Harry Topping, Jr. among others. Previous celebrity and VIP performers have included Dave Grohl, Freddie Highmore, Sarah McLachlan, Pink, Conan O'Brien, Diane Kruger, Molly Sims, Raphael Saadiq, J.K. Simmons, Rick Springfield, Nikki Reed, Maria Menounos and Cirque de Soleil, among others.
“Into the Blue” tickets, sponsorship opportunities and additional information are available here.
The CDC estimates that 1 in 59 children is on the autism spectrum. Since 2012, Autism Speaks has provided more than 18 million people with programs and resources such as the Autism Treatment Network, which includes Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at UC Irvine. Autism Speaks also provides free tool kits to help manage a wide range of challenges, at every stage of life.