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VH1 Classic Raises Autism Awareness and Funds During Celebrity Bowl-Off on Thursday, November 13 at Lucky Strike Lanes in Hollywood
Date:11/3/2008

Holly Robinson Peete, Rodney Peete and Dave Navarro Host Network Charity Event

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Rock stars, actors, and athletes alike will take to the lanes and showcase their bowling skills to raise awareness and funds for autism in the VH1 Classic Rock Autism Celebrity Bowl-Off. Taking place on Thursday, November 13 at 7:00PM at Lucky Strike Lanes in Hollywood, the evening will benefit three autism organizations: hollyrod4kids, ACT Today!, and The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism.

The VH1 Classic Rock Autism Celebrity Bowl-Off will be hosted by actress Holly Robinson Peete, her husband NFL legend Rodney Peete, and former Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro. Rock stars bowling for the cause include: Slash, Meat Loaf, and members of the bands Velvet Revolver, Camp Freddy, Anthrax, Great White, Ratt, Warrant, Lit, L.A. Guns, Candlebox, Nelson, Cinderella, Steel Panther, and Rooney. Former NFL player Marcellus Wiley, Fox Sports Net's Jason Sehorn and John Salley, and ESPN host and former NBA star Jalen Rose will also come out to bowl and show their support for building autism awareness.

"Since launching VH1 Classic's Rock Autism initiative last year, we've received overwhelming interest, feedback and assistance from people whose lives have been affected by autism," said Tom Calderone, President, VH1. "We're so proud to partner with hollyrod4kids, ACT Today! and the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation on Rock Autism's first-ever large-scale event. We also appreciate all of the artists, celebrities and music fans who are coming out to support what's sure to be a fun and successful night."

In addition to bowling, rock stars, actors, and athletes, the Bowl-Off will feature a silent auction with signed guitars from Tom Petty and Linkin Park, rare rock and roll artwork, photography and sports memorabilia, as well as an opportunity to bid for the chance to play "Rock Band" against a famous rock star. Rounding out the evening will be a DJ, food, drinks.

VH1 Classic's Rock Autism campaign is designed to help educate parents and build awareness about autism and to raise funds for a variety of autism research, advocacy and support organizations. To learn more about the campaign, please visit http://www.rockautism.vh1classic.com where viewers can access information on autism, link to autism organizations, and find out about upcoming fundraising events and auctions in conjunction with the initiative.

hollyrod4kids:

hollyrod4kids aims to globally ameliorate the quality of life of children that have been negatively impacted by circumstances beyond their control such as disease, famine and natural disasters. hollyrod4kids also raises funds to help children with Autism and their families' access and afford crucial treatments and therapies. For more information go to: http://www.hollyrod.org.

About ACT Today!:

Autism Care and Treatment Today! provides funding for immediate, emergency, and ongoing services and treatments to children, adolescents and adults with autism. ACT Today! is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3)organization whose mission is to increase access to Autism treatments, such as Applied Behavior Analysis, Therapeutic, and Biomedical programs and treatments. Its goal is to introduce and help facilitate early and on-going treatment by providing the necessary resources including funding, guidance, referrals and follow up to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and their families. For more information go to: http://www.act-today.org.

About Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism:

The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism's primary goal is to promote awareness and support families affected by autism spectrum disorders. Its mission is to aid financially disadvantaged families who need assistance in caring for their children with autism; to fund education and research into the causes and consequences of childhood autism; and to serve as a clearinghouse and communications center for new programs and services developed for individuals with autism. For more information go to: http://www.flutiefoundation.org.

Launched in May 2000, VH1 Classic is a 24-hour network that present videos, concerts and music specials all day long, featuring the best of rock, soul and pop artists from the 60's, 70's and 80's, including The Beatles, The Stones, Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Stevie Wonder, The Police, Madonna and many more. Learn more at VH1Classic.com.

Contacts:

Nicole Frand/VH1 Nyle Washington/VH1

310-752-8316 212-846-5576


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