A record crowd of 20,000 gathered at the Rose Bowl on April 24 in the spirit of community to raise $1.14 million at the 8th annual Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Celebrity guests included actress, author, advocate and Autism Speaks National Board Member, Holly Robinson Peete, along with her husband, former NFL player and author Rodney Peete, plus their entire family. James Denton of “Desperate Housewives” spoke of his personal involvement with autism. They were joined by California State Senator Carol Liu, Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine, and Pasadena Vice Mayor Victor Gordo.
Ryan Wynott, star of “Flash Forward” told the attendees that prior to
portraying a young autistic boy on television, he had no idea what autism was about. Speaking about his character he said, “Dylan is more than someone’s kid on a show. Dylan is a window to awareness,” and explained how this role has changed his life. “Not only has it made me a better actor, but more importantly opened a door. I am now part of a team that reaches out to an amazing group of people who can benefit from a little extra help and a little extra love.”
Entertainers included the Los Angeles Laker Girls, teen singing sensations Savvy and Mandy, the Ventura Girlz, the rhythmic stomping of Molodi, the tropical beat of Isle Entertainment Polynesian Dancers, and the smooth sounds of the Santa Monica High School Big Jazz Band.
To learn more about the Walk, visit the Los Angeles Facebook page.