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Temple Grandin To Receive Ambassador Of The Children Award And Will Speak At “An Evening In Casablanca” Fundraising Event In Claremont, CA


POMONA, Calif. (August 27, 2015) – Casa Colina Foundation will host “An Evening in Casablanca” on Friday, September 11, 2015 at the Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont, CA. Proceeds from the event will benefit Casa Colina Children’s Services, which provides physical rehabilitation services for children in our community with acquired and developmental disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and more.

Incorporating many themes from the beloved 1940s celluloid classic, An Evening in Casablanca will be a night of wonderful food, casino gambling, auctions, and live entertainment.

Special honoree and guest speaker at this year’s event is Dr. Temple Grandin, a strong advocate for children, adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum. Temple’s achievements are remarkable because she was diagnosed with autism as a child. At age two she had no speech and all the signs of severe autism. Many hours of speech therapy, and intensive teaching enabled Temple to learn to speak. Mentoring by her high school science teacher and aunt motivated Temple to pursue a career as a scientist and livestock equipment designer. In addition to earning her B.A., M.S. and Ph.D., Temple has received numerous awards and honorary doctorates from Carnegie Mellon University and Duke University. An award-winning author, some of her popular books are Thinking in Pictures, Emergence Labeled Autistic, The Way I See It, and The Autistic Brain. HBO produced a movie about Temple’s early life and career which received seven Emmy awards, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody Award. She was also honored in Time magazine’s 2010 “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.” Dr. Grandin lectures to parents and teachers throughout the U.S. on her experiences with autism and will be presented with the Casa Colina Ambassador of the Children Award.

“We are pleased to honor Dr. Temple Grandin. She has been a strong advocate for children, adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum and has been the conscience and voice for this disorder for many years, stated Casa Colina’s Margaret Bauman, M.D., pediatric neurologist and medical director of Casa Colina Children’s Services. “She has brought hope and encouragement to many, and through her strong advocacy, has helped the world to appreciate the gifts and talents of autistic persons and to view them through more educated eyes. She epitomizes the spirit of this award.”

Casa Colina Foundation provides over $150,000 in treatment and visit subsidies each year to Children’s Services. Proceeds from An Evening in Casablanca will go directly to supporting this cause. Individual tickets are $150 and sponsorship packages are available. For information, please call 909/596-7733, ext. 2223 or visit

About Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare

Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare was founded in 1936 in Chino, Calif., under the leadership of Frances Eleanor "Mother" Smith and other community leaders and physicians to provide rehabilitative care to children with polio. In the early 1950s, when polio was at epidemic proportions, a plan was developed to build a new hospital in nearby Pomona, Calif. In 1959, the new hospital was completed, and Casa Colina expanded its medical and physical rehabilitation services to concentrate on treating people of all ages and disabilities resulting from neurological and/or orthopedic conditions. In recent years, Casa Colina has renovated its entire 20-acre Pomona campus to build a continuum of rehabilitative care unmatched in the Western United States. This includes a state-of-the-art acute rehabilitation hospital, outpatient center, post-acute residential rehabilitation center, children's services, adult day health care, specialized physician clinics, diagnostic imaging, ambulatory surgery center, outdoor recreation program, and other highly specialized services. The new Casa Colina Medical Office Building opened on the campus in June 2013, and construction of a 31-bed medical/surgical hospital addition is currently underway with a scheduled opening late 2015. For more information, please visit

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Stephanie Bradhurst

Director of Communications, Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare

909/596-7733, Ext. 2227,
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