You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

WME’s Greenburg find funds for org

Helped raise nearly $700,000 after son's diagnosis

Five years ago, WME’s Ari Greenburg signed up for a walk to benefit autism research shortly after his son Tyler was diagnosed with the condition.

Greenburg wrote a heartfelt email discussing his family’s experience that he intended to send to a few friends to encourage them to participate in the fundraiser. But the message accidentally went to everyone in his address book.

Within hours, he’d received pledges totaling $15,000.

I was shocked,” he says.

Today, the “Team Greenbean” drive that Greenburg and his wife, Andrea, spearhead annually for Autism Speaks has become the org’s highest-grossing walk team in the country.

For this year’s Walk Now for Autism Speaks Los Angeles event, set for Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Team Greenbean’s haul has topped $220,000, bringing its five-year total to more than $680,000 — and counting.

Greenburg sees the outpouring from friends and showbiz associates as an indication of just how many lives are touched by the disorder.

Everybody seems to know someone who’s been affected by autism,” he says. “I’m proud of what our group has been able to do.”

More Scene

  • Oprah Celebrates 'Wisdom of Sundays' With

    Oprah Winfrey Celebrates New Book 'Wisdom of Sundays' With Star-Studded Gospel Brunch

    Five years ago, WME’s Ari Greenburg signed up for a walk to benefit autism research shortly after his son Tyler was diagnosed with the condition. Greenburg wrote a heartfelt email discussing his family’s experience that he intended to send to a few friends to encourage them to participate in the fundraiser. But the message accidentally […]

  • Goldie Hawn, Diane Sawyer and Melanie

    James Corden Doesn't Hold Back on Weinstein Jokes at Star-Studded AmfAR Gala L.A.

    Five years ago, WME’s Ari Greenburg signed up for a walk to benefit autism research shortly after his son Tyler was diagnosed with the condition. Greenburg wrote a heartfelt email discussing his family’s experience that he intended to send to a few friends to encourage them to participate in the fundraiser. But the message accidentally […]

  • Andy Serkis Student Academy Awards

    Student Academy Awards Honors Winners From New York to China

    Five years ago, WME’s Ari Greenburg signed up for a walk to benefit autism research shortly after his son Tyler was diagnosed with the condition. Greenburg wrote a heartfelt email discussing his family’s experience that he intended to send to a few friends to encourage them to participate in the fundraiser. But the message accidentally […]

  • 'Same Kind of Different as Me'

    'Same Kind of Different as Me' Stars: It's a Turning Point for Women in Hollywood

    Five years ago, WME’s Ari Greenburg signed up for a walk to benefit autism research shortly after his son Tyler was diagnosed with the condition. Greenburg wrote a heartfelt email discussing his family’s experience that he intended to send to a few friends to encourage them to participate in the fundraiser. But the message accidentally […]

  • CoachArt Gala of Champions

    ICM's Chris Silbermann and Ted Chervin Feted by CoachArt Gala of Champions

    Five years ago, WME’s Ari Greenburg signed up for a walk to benefit autism research shortly after his son Tyler was diagnosed with the condition. Greenburg wrote a heartfelt email discussing his family’s experience that he intended to send to a few friends to encourage them to participate in the fundraiser. But the message accidentally […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content