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Sumner Redstone Donates $1 Million to Autism Speaks to Support Autism Research and Programs
Date:2/24/2010

Chairman and Founder of Viacom Inc. and CBS Corporation and Chairman and CEO of National Amusements Inc., donates $1 million to Autism Speaks, America's largest autism science and advocacy organization.

New York, NY (PRWEB) February 24, 2010 -- Autism Speaks, North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, today announced a $1 million donation by Sumner Redstone. Mr. Redstone’s gift will be applied to scientific research into autism’s causes, improved treatments, and, ultimately, its cures. Part of the gift will support Autism Speaks’ programs for children, adults and families. While Redstone has supported Autism Speaks since 2007, this is his largest gift to date.

Mr. Redstone said, “I hope this contribution will inspire others to give to this wonderful organization that brings hope to all those dealing with autism.” Mr. Redstone, who is Chairman and Founder of Viacom Inc. and CBS Corporation and Chairman and CEO of National Amusements Inc., is one of the most successful media entrepreneurs in the world, as well as a leading philanthropist. His generosity has benefited a range of causes, from fighting prostate cancer to helping burn victims.

Autism Speaks Co-founders Bob and Suzanne Wright, said, “We are deeply grateful to Mr. Redstone for his generosity. This remarkable gift is a wonderful way to kick off our fifth anniversary year. We speak on behalf of our board of directors and all of the families we represent in thanking him for joining our cause.”

“With the CDC reporting that autism now affects 1 in 110 children, and 1 in 70 boys, the urgency of our cause h
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