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Charity Happenings — Blind Children’s Center Sets Annual Beeping Egg Hunt, And More…

Children at The Blind Children's Center's Beeping Egg Hunt.

Posted: Friday, March 23, 2018 – 5:44 PM

Blind Children’s Center Sets Annual Beeping Egg Hunt

L.A.’s Blind Children‘s Center believes every child, even those who are blind or visually impaired, should be able to take part in an egg hunt.

So on Friday, March 30, Center children will dash across the campus in search of colorful beeping eggs. And this year is especially exciting because it will happen on the Center’s new sensory playground funded with support from the Ray Charles Foundation, the Ahmanson Foundation, Women Helping Youth and the Moe-Life Foundation.

The 30 year-plus tradition of the Beeping Egg Hunt was first developed at the Blind Children’s Center by volunteers from the AT&T Pacific Pioneers.

Each class will be assisted by its teachers as children take to the different areas of the playground in search of the hidden eggs.

In recent years, the trend started at the Center has caught on and is now being enjoyed by numerous schools and community organizations across the country.

Children, family and friends will also be able to pet, play with and feed rabbits, chicks and ducklings at a small animal petting zoo courtesy of the Center’s longtime friend, Janis Lake.

Baskets will be provided thanks to the generosity of Performance Team Freight Systems Inc.

The Blind Children’s Center serves approximately 100 students each year from throughout L.A. County with additional support services to more than 500 family members. Funded entirely by individuals, private foundations, and corporate sponsors, all services are provided to constituents free of charge.

For more information contact Samantha Fong: 323-664-2153, ext. 2339, or visit

Chrysalis Butterfly Ball To Help Fund Services For Poor, Homeless

The 17th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball, honoring men and women in the film, TV and music industries who strive for excellence—and supporting Chrysalis’ work to help individuals out of poverty and homelessness by providing the tools and resources necessary to gain employment—will begin at 6 p.m., Saturday, June 2 at a private Mandeville Canyon Estate.

The evening will begin with a red carpet and outdoor cocktail reception, followed by a sit-down dinner at 7:15 p.m., awards ceremony and live music performance.

Event co-chairs include Rebecca Gayheart-Dane, Rick Hess, Donna Langley, Josh Lieberman and Richard Weitz.

Since 2002, the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball has raised more than $15 million, which directly funds the organization’s programs and services to create a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals.

To purchase tickets call 310-401-9393, email or visit

Autfest To Celebrate Autistic Filmmakers, Artists

ABC’S The Good Doctor and Netflix’s Atypical will receive special honors at the second annual Autfest Film Festival, April 28-29 at the Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.

“The second Annual AutFest International Film Festival is a wonderful platform to celebrate the roles that TV and films are now playing in autism awareness,” said Scott Badesch, president of The Autism Society of America. “We are proud to honor this year’s outstanding film and television programs for their visionary portrayals of the complexity of autistic emotions.”

AutFest is the only film festival solely dedicated to an autistic audience and filmmakers. “The mission is to further advance the well-being of all with an autism diagnosis, as well as to educate the nation about autism and the important need to fully respect and value each person with autism,” said Matthew Asner, VP of development for The Autism Society “AutFest wishes to celebrate films that promote autism awareness and support autistic filmmakers and artists that have chosen film as their profession.”

Awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Documentary, Best Actor, Best Actress as well as an Audience Award and a Best Autistic Filmmaker Award presented to an autistic filmmaker, will be handed out at a special ceremony at the conclusion of AutFest on Sunday, April 29.

AutFest is also inviting student graphic designers to create a festival poster that depicts the festival’s theme “from spectrum to screen.” Winning posters will be used as the festival’s official poster as well as for official materials such as T-shirts and postcards.

The contest is hosted by We Are Lions, a marketplace for products created and designed by individuals with disabilities. For more details about the poster contest, visit  

AutFest Honorary Committee members include actor and autism advocate Ed Asner, actress Kristen Bell (House of Lies), actor Dax Shepard (CHIPS), actress/comedian Sarah Silverman, actor Matthew Modine (Stranger Things), actor Gary Cole (Veep), Autism Speaks co-founder Bob Wright, The Suzanne Wright Foundation president Liz Feld and Warner Bros. president/CCO Peter Roth.

Autfest is sponsored by Hyundai Motor America and SAG/AFTRA.

To purchase festival passes or tickets, visit


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