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Autism Speaks in Los Angeles Goes to the Circus

July 30, 2008

Autism Speaks and Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey teamed up with celebrities including How I Met Your Mother's Neil Patrick Harris, Days of Our Lives' stars Deidre Hall, Kristian Alfonso and Mary Beth Evans, The Closer's Jon Tenny and Eric Ladin of HBO's new miniseries Generation Kill for the Circus' opening night to increase awareness about autism and raise funds for autism.

Ringmaster Chuck Wagner, left, looks on as Kate Flannery of The Office (NBC) clowns around with her husband

On Wednesday, July 16 in Los Angeles at the Staples Center, celebrities, families affected by autism and the public came to support autism awareness at the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey's "Over The Top" show. Autism Speaks families enjoyed a pre-event reception at the Lexus Club where they were able to meet and interact with many of the performers. As people were taking their seats, an Autism Speaks video focusing on families played on

View highlights from outside the Staples Center
YouTube Video ~ 1 minute

the jumbotron. Ringling Bros. made complimentary tickets available to families through the Los Angeles Chapter of Autism Speaks.

Deidre Hall

Neil Patrick Harris