Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, announced today the launch of its second annual “Sound Off For Autism Speaks.” This exciting fundraising effort will give fans the opportunity to order a limited number of custom-recorded messages from Jack Black, Adam West, Bryan Cranston, Cher, Jim Parsons, Mark Hamill, Michael Dorn, Peter Dinklage, Vin Scully and Zachary Quinto in return for a $299 donation. All proceeds will support Autism Speaks’ research and advocacy efforts. How COOL!
Celebrity messages will be available for purchase for one week only, October 7th – 13th, 2013. Fans can register online at SoundOffForAutismSpeaks.com to receive a reminder just prior to the October 7 campaign. A limited number of messages will be available from each celebrity on a first come, first served basis. Fans will have the unique opportunity to specify what they want their chosen celebrity to say in the message. Autism Speaks will send fans a digital file of their message once it has been recorded by their celebrity.
The inaugural Sound Off For Autism Speaks took place in December 2012, raising more than $100,000. The campaign was spearheaded by Ed Asner, whose son, Matt, serves as executive director of Southern California for Autism Speaks. In addition to Asner, participating celebrities included Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Carrie Fisher, Tom Hanks, Derek Jeter, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, Patrick Stewart and Betty White.
“Last year, I got together with Matt and we discussed what my friends and I could do to support the important work of Autism Speaks,” said Ed Asner. “We decided that bringing together a group of celebrities with great voices to do a kind of ‘voiceathon’ would be a fun way to raise awareness and funds for the autism community. The campaign was such an overwhelming success and received so much positive feedback we had to do it again.”