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Event Chair

  • Georgianna Junco-Kelman



Event Committee

  • Amelia Anka

  • Rahsaana Allen

  • Lauren Bishop Borgogna

  • Britt Bobo

  • Pauline Bonamigo Shaby

  • Kendall Craver Braun

  • Sheri Goldberg

  • Hannah Harper

  • Erin Kunse

  • Erin Kyle

  • Mary Lacey

  • Dawn Limirick

  • Julie Lane

  • Ashley McMillan

  • Aleese Orr

  • Mary Pendleton

  • Nikki Pesusich

  • Priscilla Picard

  • Serita Robinson

  • Kate Roland

  • Leah Smith

  • Caroline Sweda

Board of Directors, Southern California

  • Priscilla Picard
  • Nikki Pesusich
  • Georgianna Junco-Kelman
  • Lisa Katz
  • Anshu Batra MD
  • Charles Hassell
  • Nikki McRory
  • Nicole Coleman
  • Harry Topping Jr.
  • Kristen Mays

Autism Speaks proudly presents Into the Blue, LA Fashion Gala. Please join us for this glamorous evening highlighted by a cocktail party, designer runway show and enticing silent and live auction. Over 400 guests are expected to support the Southern California Chapter of Autism Speaks and help us raise funds to enhance the lives of individuals and families with autism today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.

This year’s Fashion Show is Presented by


Congratulations to this year’s 2017 Into the Blue Honorees:

is being awarded to Cintas

Autism Speaks recognizes corporate leaders who value inclusiveness and values the skills of individuals on the spectrum. The influencer honoree is being recognized for being a leader in the employment space and setting an example to other corporations to make inclusiveness a priority.

is being awarded to Sony Picture Television & ABC’s, “The Good Doctor”

The Southern California Chapter of Autism Speaks is based in the heart of Los Angeles. As an organization, we recognize the influence and impact that the entertainment industry has on advancing acceptance for autism. At this year’s Into the Blue gala, we are recognizing entertainment leaders within the market who have made a committed effort to increase understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder.

is being awarded to Dr. Connie Kasari

Autism Speaks is dedicated to accelerating a spectrum of solution and through our research grants, Autism Speaks has funded some of the most brilliant researchers. The Acceleration Award is given to recognize a researcher who has made significant progress in the field of autism research and has distinguished her/himself as a leader in the field.

is being awarded to The Stills Family

The legacy honoree is awarded to an individual who has and has provided a lasting and sustaining support for the mission of Autism Speaks. This award will be granted to an individual who is a true advocate for the mission.

is being awarded to Skip Keesal

The Advocate Award is given to an individual in the law industry who has dedicated himself to creating a more civil and just community through a strong commitment to community improvement and philanthropy. Through his extensive support of organizations like YMCA, Mayor’s Fund for Education, Clinton Global Initiative and many more, Mr. Keesal has distinguished himself as a leader who is dedicated to supporting our community in which individual on the spectrum are supported throughout their lifespan.

Union Station
800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA


  1. Registration Opens at 6:30pm

  2. Runway Show Begins at 8:30pm


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After Party

This year's official Into the Blue After Party will be held at Segovia Hall at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. Keep the party going while dancing to tunes by world class DJs. This year’s after party will be a cash bar with a percentage of donations benefiting Autism Speaks.

Address: 929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Beginning at 10:30pm – 2am.

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For more information, please contact:

Elizabeth Roland
(323) 297-4730

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