Tickets have gone on sale for Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Simon's “One Night Only: A Concert for Autism Speaks” on Sept. 24 at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, with NBC News' Tom Brokaw serving as emcee.
The concert is being held to raise money to research the causes of the autism epidemic and to raise awareness of this devastating childhood developmental disorder.
Tickets prices are $100 and will be available for purchase at the Kodak Theatre Box office, Ticketmaster outlets, by phone (213) 480-3232 or online at www.kodaktheatre.com or www.ticketmaster.com. For more information about sponsorship, group sales, and/or an ad in the commemorative book, please contact 310.996.1188.
Autism, the nation's fastest-growing serious developmental disorder, now affects 1 in 166 children in the United States, and a shocking 1 out of 104 boys. There are almost 1.5 million cases of autism in this country alone, with nearly 3 children being diagnosed every hour.
"When Jerry approached us about doing a benefit for Autism Speaks, we were of course thrilled," said Suzanne Wright, who launched Autism Speaks earlier this year with her husband Bob Wright, Vice Chairman and Executive Officer, GE, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, NBC Universal. "With Paul Simon and Tom Brokaw joining him, I know this will be a spectacular evening and will draw much needed attention to this devastating disorder."
Said Seinfeld: "I became aware of autism through some friends who are dealing with it and it is heartbreaking. I wanted to do something to help address this problem and decided to do a show to raise funds for research. I was very impressed with the great work of Autism Speaks. I am happy to join forces with them and Bob and Suzanne Wright to help raise awareness of this prevalent issue."
Simon's efforts on behalf of children's health causes are widely heralded. When approached by Seinfeld to participate in this event he was eager to help.