In 2021, Autism Speaks will host the first annual Golf Classic at Pelican Hill Gold Club in Newport Beach.

Golfers will enjoy the spectacular Ocean View South course, a world-class experience that you have to play to believe. Enjoy an exceptional day on the green all while supporting the Autism Speaks mission. Your support will increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, creating a kinder more inclusive world.

Please note, we will be following both state and local guideline for the safety of our participants.

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Event Chair


Anna Innis
Nat'l Mgr, Business Development & Community Engagement USA at Air Canada
Air Canada
Anna received her B.A. in Communications from Indiana University in 1992 with a minor study in Portuguese.

Anna is an Advisory Board Member of MAPLE, a Canada - USA Business Council promoting cross border trade. She also served as the Vice President of the Board of Directors of CAST LA, Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Human Trafficking, for 2 years before joining Autism Speaks Southern California.

She is humbled and proud to join forces with Autism Speaks for her son, who is 13 years old, and for all that don’t have a champion. Each person is unique with valued abilities and no one human should be marginalized. She joins Autism Speaks with energy and hope of shaping a future that integrates people with Autisms into the workplace and community that is both productive and fulfilling.

Anna is first generation Greek American and has lived in Canada and Brazil. She now calls Southern California Home.


Priscilla Aoki Picard has been advocate and leader in the special needs community for over 23 years. She is a founding board member of Autism Speaks, Southern California and a co-founder of the LA WALK. In 2008, she was recognized with the National Volunteer of the Year Award.

Previously, Priscilla was an award winning pharmaceutical representative with American Cyanamid, Lederle Labs and Johnson &Johnson's Ortho Pharmaceutical division

Her adult son, Zach who is on the autism spectrum continues to be her inspiration.

Committee Members



Tom and Jean Metz

John MacDonald
Senior Vice President, Programming and Acquisitions at Tennis Channel


Maeve Courtney
VP, Property & Casualty


Mark Shaffer
Community Relations Manager KWAVE 107.9 - SoCal

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What Drives Us

Today 1 in 44 children in the US is diagnosed with autism.*

What Makes Us Unique

Autism Speaks' effort fuel innovative research and critical lifelong supports and services.

How We Help

Autism Speaks has funded nearly $234M, primarily in scientific grants, resulting in an additional $1B of publicly-sourced autism-related funding.

*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prevalence estimates are for 3 years prior to the report date (e.g. 2021 figures are from 2018)