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Lindt Chocolates teams with Autism Speaks for celeb auction

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Want to get a celebrity autograph, eat chocolate and support autism awareness? Now you can with the Lindt Chocolate Bunny celebrity auction, scheduled for March 8-18.

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Chocolate, celebrities and autism awareness: Could there be any better combination? We don't think so. Luckily, Swiss chocolatier Lindt answered our prayers with their Lindt Gold Bunny auction to raise money for Autism Speaks.

"This spring, Lindt Gold Bunny is celebrating its 60th birthday, and to make it a birthday to remember, Lindt is kicking off Easter one month early with a celebrity auction benefiting Autism Speaks," the chocolate makers said in a statement. The auction, scheduled for March 8-18, is held in conjunction with National Autism Awareness Month.

"100 percent of the proceeds from the auction will benefit Autism Speaks," a Lindt rep said.

The 70 celebrities who donated their John Hancocks to the auction include Jennifer Garner, Kristin Chenoweth, Tim Tebow, Betty White, Fergie and Owen Wilson.

Lindt isn't the only one teaming up with Autism Speaks to raise funds for this important cause. SheKnows, along with singer Toni Braxton and couture designer Michael Costello, has launched the "Where's the Other Sock?" campaign to benefit autism awareness.

"With each advancement in technology comes a new challenge, and the invention of the washing machine was no different. Hundreds of thousands of socks have since gone missing, leaving laundry-doers everywhere baffled — and socks companionless.

SheKnows now holds the answer to the age-old mystery of "Where's the other sock?!" with its latest campaign: "SheKnows Where the Other Sock Went."

The other socks went toward making the gorgeous sock dress, designed by Costello and unveiled during New York Fashion Week in February. The dress will be auctioned off in May at a lavish ceremony in Los Angeles.

Braxton knows a think or two about the importance of autism research: Her son, Diezel, is autistic.

"Early diagnosis makes a lifetime of difference," Braxton said of her son's treatment. "We have him in occupational therapy, speech therapy, he's being mainstreamed [and] he's in public school, general ed. He does have his special ed therapies, but we are very, very lucky."

Charities like Autism Speaks provide the much-needed funds for research, thanks to fundraisers like the Lindt celebrity auction and SheKnows' "Where's The Other Sock?" campaign.

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