The 2017 Ed Asner And Friends Poker Tournament Benefitting Autism Society of America


The Ed Asner and Friends Celebrity Poker Tournament raised $140,000 for The Autism Society of America on September 12, 2017 at Haworth Los Angeles Showroom in DTLA. Ed Asner, Emmy-winning actor and autism advocate, (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant and Up), hosted the fundraiser. Rosie O’Donnell, Lou Diamond Phillips, Patricia Heaton and Drake Bell were among the many celebrities came to show support for the cause. Ed Asner has a son and grandson on the autism spectrum.

The funds raised at the poker tournament supports The Autism Society’s mission to enhance the quality of life for those all affected by autism. Autism is a developmental brain disorder caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors causing communication difficulties, social challenges and repetitive behavior. 1 out of every 68 individuals has autism in the U.S.

The Autism Society was founded in 1965 is America’s leading grassroots autism organization. Its mission includes increasing public awareness about the daily issues faced by people on the autism spectrum, advocation for proper services for individuals and providing vital information concerning treatment and research. Learn more at

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