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Broadway Stars Help Create A Piece of the Puzzle for Autism


One-of-a-kind Puzzle Pieces Decorated by Broadway's Best at Auction on CharityFolks.com with Proceeds Benefiting Autism Speaks


NEW YORK (March 5, 2007) - Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism and raising money to fund autism research, has launched a global online auction at CharityFolks.com. The auction block includes 21 unique puzzle pieces signed and decorated by Broadway's best for the annual Kids' Night on Broadway event which, this year, helped shine a spotlight on the growing prevalence of autism and the work of Autism Speaks.

Bidders in the Autism Speaks auction will be faced with some tough decisions, such as choosing between a Hairspray-themed puzzle piece adorned with a bob hairstyle and pearls created by the show's talented wardrobe department, The Producers-themed puzzle piece signed by star Tony Danza or a Les Miserables puzzle piece signed by the childhood stars in the Broadway revival!

Others that have come forward to help include the cast of The Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, Spamalot, Avenue Q, Rent, Tarzan and Wicked, just to name a few. Bidding ends on March 13th, at 6 p.m. ET at www.charityfolks.com.


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.


ABOUT CHARITY FOLKS
Charity Folks is the leading online marketplace for nonprofit fundraising, corporate cause marketing campaigns and celebrity-driven charity events; a cross-market penetration that has made us the "go-to" in the field of ePhilanthropy. Among our special partners are hallmark nonprofits, including Entertainment Industry Foundation and The World Wildlife Fund; A-list celebrities, such as Alicia Keys and Morgan Freeman; and top-brand corporations, including Toyota and Esquire Magazine.