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Natalie Cole to Join Headliner Jay Leno at "Concert for Autism Speaks"

Tom Brokaw Will Serve as Master of Ceremonies for October 20 Night of Comedy and Music at Mandalay Bay Theatre in Las Vegas

Eight-time Grammy Award winner Natalie Cole will perform at the “Concert for Autism Speaks,” a night of comedy and music headlined by “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, on Friday, October 20 at the Mandalay Bay Theatre at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The concert will benefit Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism and raising money to fund autism research.

NBC News' Tom Brokaw will serve as the evening's master of ceremonies.

Tickets for the concert, which begins at 8 p.m., are now available at the $300, $200 and $100 levels at the Mandalay Bay Box Office, by phone at 877-632-7400, or online at They are also available for purchase at Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 702-474-4000, or online at For information about unique sponsorship opportunities, please call 310-201-5033 or click here (PDF).

Billi and Bernie Marcus are the event honorary chairs. Beverly and Jim Rogers, Meredith and Ralph Toddre, and Suzanne and Bob Wright are the event co-chairs.

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 166 children, 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.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to accelerating and funding biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism spectrum disorders; to increasing awareness of the nation's fastest growing developmental disorder; and to advocating for the needs of affected families. The legislative agenda of Autism Speaks is to influence public policy and federal funding related to autism spectrum disorders. Autism Speaks is committed to working with other national and regional autism organizations to achieve this goal. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit