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2019 Believe Benefit Concert: Musicians for Autism

Beleive Benefit Concert 2019

Come see exceptionally talented San Diego musicians perform in the 2019 Believe Benefit Concert, "Musicians for Autism," in support of the UC San Diego Autism Center for Excellence (ACE).  Proceeds and donations from the concert will support the Center as we continue our efforts as an international leader in research, clinical discoveries, advancements to help children with autism achieve their full potential.

The Musicians for Autism concert will be on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 10 AM at the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center on 7600 Fay Avenue in La Jolla.

The concert will showcase musicians who have won local, national and international awards and recognition. One young violinist will be performing at Carnegie Hall next year. The works of Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, Paganini, Saint Saens and many others will be performed. Performances will include chamber group and solo performances by several musicians from the San Diego Youth Symphony:

Archimedes Li, Ovation, 1st violin Assistant Principal
Ivan Li, Ovation, 1st violin
Elliott Park, Ovation, 1st violin
Lea Parseghian, Ovation, 2nd violin Assistant Principal
Dasha Zerboni, Ovation, 2nd violin
Darren Jiang, Ovation cello, Assistant Principal
Ellie Lee, Sinfonia, 1st violin Concertmaster
Caden Jiang, 1st violin, Assistant Principal

The public is welcome! Make reservations and donations at:

Please feel free to contact us with any questions! Email: | Phone: 858-534-6906

We look forward to seeing you there! 

SPARK at Balboa Park: Live-Registration Event

Saturday, August 10th | Saturday, August 17th | Saturday, August 24th 

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
(Carousel rides end at 10:30am)
Balboa Park Carousel (1889 Zoo Pl, San Diego, CA 92101)

The UC San Diego Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) is hosting a series of live-registration events at the Balboa Park Carousel to sign up families who have a child diagnosed with ASD for SPARK. SPARK, the largest national autism genetics research study to date, is committed to transforming our understanding of autism and helping improve the lives of individuals affected by autism and their families. Over 18,000 families nationwide are already participating in SPARK! There is no cost to participate. Simply complete a 20-30 minute registration process, provide some saliva, and enjoy FREE rides on the Carousel as well as other fun activities!

Registrants will receive:
  • Unlimited rides at the Balboa Park Carousel FREE of charge along with tons of fun activities! (Rides end at 10:30 AM)
  • Access to dozens of resources on the SPARK website
  • Amazon e-giftcard valued up to $50 (after confirming receipt of adequate saliva samples from all participating family members)
        • ***NOTE: As this is a genetic study, we ask that BOTH biological parents, individual diagnosed with ASD and any siblings willing to participate attend the event! Families must be able to complete the registration and consent forms in English***


Contact us via phone (858-534-6906) or via email ( to learn more and reserve your spot! 

More about SPARK:

Today we simply don’t know enough about autism. SPARK—which stands for 'Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge'—aims to make important progress possible with a simple mission: we want to speed up research and advance our understanding of autism to help improve lives. As autism is a spectrum, researchers need many people with autism to participate in all types of research. Until now, only a small number of individuals and families affected by autism have ever participated in research. SPARK wants to invite the entire autism community to dramatically expand its participation. Over 20 of the nation's leading medical schools are part of this effort!

If you are unable to attend any of the event dates, you can still register for the study by visiting  or by making an appointment at the UCSD ACE clinic by calling the number above. You can learn more about SPARK here and at our Frequently Asked Questions page. 

See the flyer below for additional details! Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

We look forward to seeing you there!

SPARK @ Balboa Park