Peete's Fun Day for Families Affected by Autism

by ETonline Staff 5:12 PM PDT, August 13, 2012
Playing Peete's Fun Day for Families Affected by Autism

Holly Robinson Peete personally knows the quiet struggle of families with an autistic child or relative, so she and husband Rodney put on a festival just for them.

"Today is the My Brother Charlie Family Fun Festival and it's an opportunity for families to come out and just have a good time," said Holly, whose organization, the HollyRod Foundation, focuses on providing help to those living with autism and Parkinson's disease. Holly has seen both disorders close-up, as her father was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1982 and her eldest son, RJ, diagnosed with autism as a boy.

"So many times families with autism, in their world, cannot go to restaurants, cannot go on vacations, can't go to several amusement parks, so this is a day where families affected by autism bring everyone," Holly continued. "They come and have a great time - no judgment, just fun."

The event was held at Culver Studios in Culver City, California and featured performances by the McClain Sisters as well as appearances from Brooke Burke-Charvet, Alison Sweeney, Laila Ali, Lisa Rinna, Leah Remini, Blair Underwood, Barry Bonds and more.

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