The Ninth Annual Mother and Son “Magical Ball” supporting Autism Awareness will be held on May 9 at The Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, 13589 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Celebrity Ball will feature “Alphonso The Magician” (Magic Castle) and dancing entertainment by DJ Dense from 100.3 The Beat with a special appearance by recording artist Laci Kay.

The event is open to boys and men of all ages to treat their mothers, aunts, grandmothers, guardians, caretakers or that special someone they look up to. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a red carpet and photos.

The ball is open to the public and free parking is available. Tickets are available for a minimum donation of $20 (includes mother and son) available at the door or in advance at magicalball2014.eventbrite.com. Attendees who make a donation to Autismspeaks.org online should bring their receipt for free admission to the event. There will be a silent auction table with proceeds donated to Rotary Club of Westchester’s Foreign Exchange Student Program.

Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders — autism spectrum disorders. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum — a 78 percent increase in six years.

Autism Speaks is a leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is 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. Visit AutismSpeaks.org for more information.

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