Autism Speaks is hosting their 6th Annual Chip In Celebrity Poker Tournament on Saturday, August 18th at Hudson Loft in Downtown Los Angeles.

This lively evening of poker and philanthropy will be hosted by Jeff Michael, Co-Anchor of CB2 News This Morning, and will bring together a diverse group of celebrities including: RJ Mitte (“Breaking Bad”), Ed Begley Jr. (“Whatever Works”), Fred Melamed (“Lady Dynamite”, “Casual”), Patrika Darbo (“Days of Our Lives”), Sean Kanan (“Bold and the Beautiful”), Brandon Black (“Dear White People”, “13 Reasons Why”), M.J. Dougherty (“Life Lessons from a Total Failure”), Elizabeth J. Carlisle (“House”, “How I Met Your Mother”), Erin Murphy (“Bewitched”), Massi Furlan (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”), Monty Geer (“Awkward”), Ty Olsson (“X-Men 2”), Niko Pepaj (Daytime Divas), Michael Patrick Lane (“Dynasty”), Lea Coco (“Queen Sugar”), William Marquart (Subject 5"), Michael Dargatis (“Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice”), Katy Bodenhamer (“The Office”) and more celebrity guests to be announced all supporting Autism Speaks in its mission to promote solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for children, adults and families affected by autism spectrum disorder. Proceeds from this tournament will go toward Autism Speaks’ efforts to advance research, increase early childhood screening and interventions, and improve the transition to adulthood.

The evening will begin with craft cocktails, gourmet food from downtown eateries, and networking with celebrities and high profile guests. Guests will be able to participate in a competitive Texas Hold’em Poker tournament as well as an exciting silent and live auction.

“By bringing together a variety of celebrity supporters and event attendees, this unique tournament creates a hip atmosphere for poker play and Hollywood-style mingling, while raising much needed funds and enhancing autism awareness for the 1 in 59 affected in our community” – says Kristen Mays this year’s Event Chair.

Sponsors for this year include Environmental Contracting Corp., Newmark Knight Frank, Haworth, O’Bryant Electric, M3 Office Inc., Howard Building Corporation, Sharpe Interior Systems, Pivot Interiors, Turelk, TekWorks, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Perricone Farms, Tito’s Handmade Vodka. This year’s media sponsors are Los Angeles Magazine and Average Socialite.

Tickets to the event begin at $100 to attend and spectate and $250 to participate in the Tournament, sponsorship opportunities are available. To learn more, visit: www.autismspeaks.org/celebritypoker.

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