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Autism Speaks Named Official Charity of Z100 Jingle Ball 2007 Concert at Madison Square Garden

A Portion of Ticket Sales will Support the Organization's Ongoing Research, Awareness and Family Service Efforts

NEW YORK, NY (November 8, 2007) – Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism, and to advocating for the needs of affected families, has been named the official charity of radio station Z100's Jingle Ball 2007 concert.

 

The concert, which will take  place on December 14 at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, will feature a star-studded line-up of performers, including Alicia Keys, Jonas Brothers, Avril Lavigne, Backstreet Boys, Jordin Sparks, Boys Like Girls, Colbie Caillat, Timbaland (with OneRepublic & Keri Hilson) and many more.

For each ticket sold via Ticketmaster, $1 will be automatically donated to Autism Speaks, along with an option to contribute more. Tickets will be sold exclusively to Z100's ZVIP members via Ticketmaster starting Friday, November 9 at 4pm.To register to be a ZVIP, log on to www.z100.com/ keyword: Jingle Ball. There is a four-ticket limit per order. Last year, tickets to the event sold out in 15 minutes.

Autism Speaks will also have an information table at the Z100 and In Touch Weekly All Access Lounge pre-show event from 12-6 pm at the Hammerstein Ballroom. This free indoor festival will feature performances by Z100 Jingle Ball artists, autograph sessions and interactive booths.

“Thanks to the support of great partners like Z100, we're bringing our message of autism awareness to new audiences every day,” said Suzanne Wright, co-founder of Autism Speaks. “Z100's Jingle Ball is one of the hottest tickets of the year, and Autism Speaks is thrilled to be a part of this exciting night.”

ABOUT AUTISM
Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.

ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism, and to advocating for the needs of affected families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Vice Chairman, General Electric, and served as chief executive officer of NBC for more than twenty years. Autism Speaks has merged with both the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) and Cure Autism Now (CAN), bringing together the nation's three leading autism advocacy organizations. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.