True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis Attends the Heroes for Autism Benefit Fundraiser

April 27, 2009 by  

nelsanevent21Nelsan Ellis from Alan Ball’s hit HBO TV series True Blood attended the First Annual “Heroes For Autism” Benefit Fundraiser on Sunday, April 19, 2009 at the Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles. Nelsan was interviewed at the event where he spoke of another cause that is very close to his heart (domestic violence) and how it has affected him personally and the need for more people to come out and speak against it.

The “Heroes For Autism” event was held to raise funds for Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

nelsaneventThe benefit was sponsored in part by HBO, with in-kind donations from NBC Universal, which featured a silent auction featuring over 80 pieces of art on display from 24 artists, featuring a range of mediums, including photography, painting, drawing, animation, among others and art work designed and created by the cast and crew of HEROES. The event raised over $75,000 dollars for Autism Speaks, with additional funds expected from both an online auction and the sale of the Heroes for Autism online fan photo book.


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  • I am so glad actors lend their faces, voices and money to this worthy cause. My nephew was diagnosis with autism when he was a 2 years. He was letter diagnosis with a learning disorder and removed from the programs that support autism which stopped his disability insurance for health and finances. It wasn’t until he turned 15 this year that I pushed his parents to have him reevaluated that he was found to be on the severe scale of this handicap. All this time he could have had special needs training.Jacob didn’t speak for the first 3 years and would stare outward. The only person to get his attention during those young years was his mother, but he never smiled, laughed. When he cried it was silent without word just tears. Jacob loves history and Marvel super hero. His speach is impaired and his social skills are very limited. He can be aggressive if he is challenged in a tauting/teasing way. He is very thoughtful of his young sisters’ safety. I know it sounds like I am crusading for for Autism and I am. If you see a jar or form to Send Money Please Do they/ we need all the help we can get.