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Mets Host 7th Annual Autism Awareness Day This Saturday, May 9 At Citi Field
05/06/2009 7:22 PM ET
FLUSHING, N.Y., May 6, 2009 - The New York Mets today announced they will host their seventh annual Autism Awareness Day Saturday, May 9 when the Mets play the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:10 p.m.

Singer, songwriter, actor and entertainer Sebastian Bach, best known for selling 20 million albums as the lead singer of Skid Row who has gone on to star on Broadway and television, will perform a special pre-game set in support of VH1 Classic Rock Autism, a campaign that is designed to help educate parents and build awareness about autism.

Gary Dell'Abate of the Howard Stern Show will throw out the first pitch as host of Autism Awareness Day. PIX 11 anchor Jim Watkins and his wife Lauren will serve as co-chairs of the event.

One out of every 150 children is diagnosed with autism, making it more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined. It's four times more likely to occur in boys than girls. There is no cure.

The Mets have teamed up with autism organizations over the years to help raise almost $1 million for the New York autism community.

VH1 Classic Rock Autism also helps to raise funds for a variety of autism research, advocacy and support organizations.

For tickets to Autism Awareness Day visit, or call (718) 507-TIXX.

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