Into the Blue

Into the Blue

Autism Speaks invites you to step INTO THE BLUE for an evening of glamour and philanthropy. This year’s signature gala will be held at the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel, and will feature an interactive cocktail reception, full-course dinner, exclusive fashion experience, and an exciting program honoring an esteemed champion of our mission, Jeff Apploff.

Jeff Apploff headshot
Jeff Apploff

Autism Speaks Into The Blue Gala is delighted to honor Mr. Jeff Apploff for his generous support of the Autism Speaks mission. Jeff is the CEO of Apploff Entertainment, known for his work on Beat Shazam, Don't Forget the Lyrics and many other hit shows. Jeff dedicates his award to his wife and his two boys, Jordan and Jesse.

Special Acoustic Performance by Dave Grohl 

Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl
The Beverly Hills Hotel

9641 Sunset Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Thursday, October 4, 2018
  • Registration & Hosted Cocktail Party opens at 6:30PM
  • Program begins at 8:15PM





Midnight Sponsors

William Morris Endeavor logo


NBC Logo


Table Sponsors

Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP
Anagnostou Family 
Children's Hospital Los Angeles 
Disney|ABC Television Group 
Enteractive Solutions Group, Inc. 
21st Century Fox/Fox Television Group 
GemIIni Educational Systems 
Jingle Punks 
Kurc Family 
Leets Family 
Moore-Hart Family

Media Sponsor

Variety logo

In-Kind Sponsors

Enspyre Society logo
Tito's Vodka Logo
Kendra Scott logo
Background Images logo
Time Machine logo
The Hidden Garden Floral Design logo
Hoi Polloi logo
IRIE logo
Rental Avenue logo
Wieder Design logo

Event Committee

2018 Honoree Committee

  • Bill Abrams 
  • David Sherman 
  • Lee White

Event Chairs

  • Georgianna Junco-Kelman & Nikki Pesusich

Board of Directors, Southern California

  • Anshu Batra MD
  • Andy Bourne
  • Nicole Coleman
  • Charles Hassell
  • Tom Iland
  • Georgianna Junco-Kelman
  • Kristen Mays
  • Nikki McRory
  • Nikki Pesusich
  • Priscilla Picard
  • Harry Topping Jr.
  • Martin Vann
  • Pamela Phillips
  • Melinda Fulmer


For more information, please contact:

Elizabeth Roland
(323) 297-4730

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