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Autism Works Now and Robert Davi Honors

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Temple Grandin, professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, was recently honored at the Autism Works Now benefit at the Beverly Hilton, along with Larry King, who was celebrating his 85th Birthday.

Grandin is one of the first people on the autism spectrum to publicly share insights from her personal experience, invented the “hug box” device, and was the subject of the award-winning film “Temple Grandin”, starring Claire Danes.

King, who is an advocate for the Autism Works Now organization, was introduced by actor Joe Mantegna, whose 24-year-old daughter, Mia, is autistic. Mia works at Mantegna’s restaurant, Taste Chicago, is a whiz with the computer and is a makeup artist for Inclusion Films.

Television icon Mary Hart (“Entertainment Tonight”) hosted the star-studded event, and Kiki Ebsen, one of Buddy Ebsen’s six daughters (“Beverly Hillbillies”) entertained. Among the songs she sang was “Moon River” from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, which her father starred in.

Kudos to former Autism Works Now Director Joanne Lara, and current Director Susan Osborne, for their work in mentorship, placement and on-the-job support for individuals with autism and related disorders. With the proper training and encouragement, who knows how far these wonderful people can go?

Dr. Temple Grandin and Mary Hart at Autism Works Now. Photo: Milestone Productions

The newly renovated Petersen Automotive Museum was the perfect venue for the Saint Pio Award ceremony, which recognizes outstanding contributions to those in need. Among the honorees were actor/singer Robert Davi, who has performed in over 130 films – including “Die Hard”, “Goonies”, “The Expendables 3” and “Davi’s Way”, which he wrote and produced. Davi’s album “Sing Sinatra” reached the Top10 on the Billboard jazz charts. This philanthropic performer often appears at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill in Bel Air.

The night was an entertaining evening to remember.

 

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