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Seahawks Launch Online Auction to Raise Awareness and Funds for Autism

Posted Apr 2, 2013

Items include a family portrait with Seahawks players


RENTON, Wash.
- The Seahawks announced today an online auction with 100% of the proceeds dedicated to "Ben's Fund." Launched in 2012 by Seahawks GM John Schneider and wife Traci, Ben's Fund provides grants to families to help cover costs associated with medical bills, therapies and numerous other aspects of supporting a child, or children, on the autism spectrum. The online auction items include the following:

Experiences

- Family portrait with the Seahawks offensive line including Pro Bowlers T Russell Okung and C Max Unger

- Seahawks CB Richard Sherman will "trash talk" one fantasy football opponent

- Pre-fantasy football draft chat via phone with Sport's Illustrated and NBC Sports Network Peter King

Autograph Items

- Authentic 2012 Pro Bowl Jersey signed by Seahawks S Kam Chancellor

- Authentic NFL Game Football signed by Seahawks DE Bruce Irvin

- Full-Size Replica Seahawks Helmet signed by QB Russell Wilson

Bidding for the experiences begins at $500. Fans will be able to bid on the items through April 18 at 5 p.m. (PT). Detailed information on the experiences and autograph items can be found at Seahawks.com/PrimeTime.

"We were able to raise $250,000 at last year's event which provided the seed money for 'Ben's Fund'," said Seahawks GM John Schneider. "So far we have received numerous requestsand we have just begun."

The intent of establishing "Ben's Fund" at Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) is twofold: to provide grants to families to help them obtain services for their children on the spectrum, and to drive families to FEAT so they will be connected to a larger community to receive ongoing guidance and assistance as they continue their journey with autism. One in 88 children are affected with autism and one in 54 boys.

"We feel it's our responsibility, because we have a child that's on the spectrum, to get the awareness out there," said Traci Schneider. "We need to get the support out there for these families, because it's hard. We feel blessed that we're to a point where we can turn around and help others that are going through the same thing."

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

For more information visit Seahawks.com/PrimeTime.

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.