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Schneider to Host Celebrity Waiter Event

Posted Apr 2, 2012

Team joins efforts to raise awareness and funds for autism throughout April.

Renton, Wash. - Seahawks GM John Schneider and wife Traci announced today a limited number of tickets are available for the first annual "Prime Time: A Spirited Celebrity Waiter Event" to be held on Thursday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. at El Gaucho Bellevue.

The funds raised from the event will provide seed money to launch "Ben's Fund" in partnership with Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Washington. "Ben's Fund" will provide grants to families in order to help cover costs associated with medical bills, therapies and numerous other aspects of supporting a child, or children, on the autism spectrum. One in 88 children is affected with autism and one in 54 boys is affected.

"We understand this need and the struggles families face first-hand as one of our children was diagnosed with autism seven years ago," said Seahawks GM John Schneider. "We are thrilled that FEAT is partnering with us to make "Ben's Fund" a reality."

This distinct community event includes a VIP dinner, live and silent auctions with Seahawks players, coaches, scouts and alumni featured as Celebrity Waiters. Confirmed celebrity waiters include:WR Doug Baldwin, CB Brandon Browner, assistant head coach Tom Cable, head coach Pete Carroll, SS Kam Chancellor, DE Chris Clemons, former Seahawks DE Jacob Green, former Seahawks QB Brock Huard, QB Tarvaris Jackson, RB Marshawn Lynch, TE Zach Miller, T Russell Okung, WR Sidney Rice, former Seahawks FS Brian Russell, former Seahawks DT Craig Terrill, SS Earl Thomas, former Seahawks C Robbie Tobeck, and former Seahawks DL Manu Tuiasosopo. Senior NFL Writer and FOX NFL Sunday analyst Jay Glazer will serve as event emcee. The event is presented in partnership with the Seahawks and the Seahawks Women's Association.

"Many families with an autistic child do not have the financial resources to support their children as most insurance companies do not cover these services," said Traci Schneider. "It is extremely expensive to give these kids the care and services they need to make an impact on their future and we know that you need to act early. That is where you can see the greatest improvements in these kids."

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, the Seahawks will turn the CenturyLink Field arch lights blue the first week of April.

A limited number of tickets to the fundraising event are available and are priced at $275. For reservation information or to donate to "Ben's Fund" please visit seahawks.com/primetime. 100% of proceeds from Prime Time directly benefit FEAT Washington and their effort to support local families affected by autism.

About Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Washington

FEAT of Washington is a non-profit organization that strives to reach families with a child or children on the autism spectrum, providing support, guidance and resources for families in the community. For the past 15 years, FEAT WA has been developing, creating and inspiring autism programming for Washington's children solely to achieve one purpose - to help those children reach their full potential. Visit featwa.org to learn more.