Celebrities Against Autism’s Inaugural Gala

April 28, 2012 / BY / IN Blog, Event Management

Date:  April 28th, 2012

Location:  The home of Dr. William Demray
800 Griswold, Northville, Michigan

Guests:  525

Description: Celebrities Against Autism, a charity organization that strives for the education and awareness for autism in the community, held its inaugural gala at the home of Dr. William S. Demray.

At the event, guests in attendance enjoyed live music and enjoyed food, drink and fellowship to support such a worthy cause.

Fun adult beverages and sponsorships secured by Steward Media included:  Stolichnaya Vodka, Frankenmuth Brewery, Pama Martini, Blue Nectar Tequila and Absopure Water.  Cadillac of Novi also displayed several new vehicles and was a sponsor of the event.

The event honored actor Gary Cole, known best for his roles in Office Space, Entourage and Desperate Housewives, who is the father of an autistic child.

“Great work on the event!  The community is fortunate to have you (CAA).  I enjoyed it, and thanks for having me.  I am glad it was successful!” said Cole, following the event.

Several other celebrities were honored at the event, including actress Holly Robinson Peete.

Local honorees included Steve and Debbie Hunt who have been promoting autism for over 15 years and helping others in need.  Recognized also were Larry and Carmen Naser who have dedicated their lives to not only their son but countless others.  The Naser’s were the first family to challenge and win the right for their autistic son to attend a Livonia school and receive the rights he deserved as a student.  Hundreds of people nominated this amazing family for their efforts.

Thanks to Steward Media’s relationships with Kris Draper, of the Detroit Red Wings, and Stephen Peterman, offensive lineman for the Detroit Lions, a bevy of items were auctioned off.  Items included: a Detroit Lions helmet autographed by all-pro kicker Jason Hanson, a football autographed by current Lions players which included Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson, and a couple of Red Wings Jerseys autographed by many of the teams players, including newly retired Nicklas Lidstrom, were all up for bid.

The highlight of the auction included former Detroit Red Wing and current Vice President of the Red Wing Alumni Association, John Ogrodnick, who auctioned of the jerseys along with four tickets and an opportunity to meet the players to two bidders raising over $5,000.

Celebrities Against Autism founder Val McFarland was pleased with event and the assistance provided by Steward Media.

“This was the first ever Honoring Autism Heroes and Autism Ambassadors gala.  We are proud to celebrate those who are truly making a difference in the lives of families affected by this devastating neurological disorder.  From the celebrities, guests and a special thanks to Steward Media, the gala was magical,” said Val McFarland, founder of Celebrities Against Autism.


A pre-event interview with WXYZ Channel 7 Detroit and CAA founder Val McFarland:


A story done by Northville Patch on the gala event:


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