SOURCE: International Center for Autism Research & Education

The International Center for Autism Research and Education (Icare4autism)

April 09, 2010 08:47 ET

MISS USA Comes to Tampa Bay: Massive Prize Giveaway

TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - April 9, 2010) -  The International Center for Autism Research and Education (Icare4autism) is putting the finishing touches on their gala, to be held in Tampa, at the Florida Aquarium. The Icare4autism 2010: Cocktail Gala will be held from 6pm-10pm on the evening of Thursday, April 15th and is hosted by Miss USA Kristen Dalton. Tampa Bay's 93.3 FLZ will be broadcasting from the event. 100s of door prizes will be given out to attendees.

The gala is expected to attract approximately 1,000s of attendees to the Florida Aquarium for an altruistic evening of memories. Most importantly, the event will raise awareness and funds for Autism Research and Education for the neurological disorder that affects 1 in 91 children, 1 in 58 boys. These numbers are up 59% since 2002.

The event will also feature a luxury auction. Some auction items include: Memorabilia from Taylor Swift, the cast of Twilight and Heath Ledger. Attendees can also bid on an official helmet autographed by Drew Brees and a wide assortment of collectible sports items. Also up for grabs is a private tour of Yankee stadium and exclusive tickets to U2's July 9th concert in Miami, Florida.

Founder and President Joshua Weinstein says, "By attending this event, the residents of the Tampa Bay area have the opportunity to make a profound impact on the lives of 1 in 91 children."

Presidor, Johnny Love Vodka, Raymond James Financial and Century Buick-GMC of Tampa are the key sponsors the event.

Three "Autism Impact Awards" will be given out to those whom have played an instrumental role in autism the Tampa Bay Area. Organizational Award Nominees include: Behavioral Consulting of Tampa Bay, Beyond the Spectrum, Central for Autism & Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida, Mañé Center for Non-Surgical Solutions, Florida Autism Center of Excellence, Pinnacle Academy and Sydney's School For Autism.

Individual Nominees include: Dr. Nelson Mañé of the Mañé Center for Non-Surgical Solutions, Kelley Prince of Behavioral Consulting of Tampa Bay and 12-year-old Reno Williams, who is a public speaker and author with autism.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-866-999-9735 and also online on the official website of the International Center for Autism Research and Education,

Discounted General Admission tickets are available. Enter the code word "care" and receive tickets for the low price of $50.00, instead of the original $75.00.

Icare4autism's Chief of Staff Ruth Amber Gristak says, "The Tampa Bay community has been overwhelmingly supportive and we are eager to continue to develop resources for those touched by autism, in the area."

Door Prize Sponsors for the event include: The Armed Forces Military Museum, Asher Jay, Aquastone Well Spa, Body By Design, Busch Gardens, Café European, Cason Studios, Countryside Country Club Golf, Coyote Ugly, Crowne Plaza Orlando Airport, Day Spa at Citrus, Dinner Done, Estee Lauder, Evos, Festival of Orchestras, First Watch, Flowers to Eat, Jimmy Johns, Level Salon, Lifestyle Family Fitness, Lil' Buds Baby Boutique, Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal, International Plaza and Bay Street, Mercedes-Benz of Tampa, Mystic Hair, NBC, Orange County Regional History Center, Orlando Repertory Theatre, Pink Flamingo, Peter Glenn Ski & Sport, Precinct Pizza, Ricks on the River, Royal Maid Service, Salvador Dali Museum, Southeastern Fishing Tackle, Sheraton Orlando North, Skydive Coleman, Spaghetti Warehouse, Tami's Hair Design, Tampa Bay Outfitters, Thai Thani Restaurant, Tranquility Wellness Spa, Tre Amici at The Bunker, Victoria's Secret, VP Creative Web Design, Wbcosmetic, Westshore Pizza and more.

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