Star Trek into Darkness‘ Zachary Quinto is one of the celebrities taking part in the annual Sound Off for Autism Speaks fundraising effort.
Quinto joins Adam West, Bryan Cranston, Cher, Jack Black, Jim Parsons, Mark Hamill, Michael Dorn, Peter Dinklage, and Vin Scully in the effort to raise funds for Autism Speaks’ research and advocacy efforts.
For a $299.00 donation, fans have the opportunity to order a limited number of custom-recorded messages from the celebrities, including Quinto. The messages are available for purchase from now through Friday the 18th. “Fans will have the unique opportunity to specify what they want their chosen celebrity to say in the message. Autism Speaks will send fans a digital file of their message once it has been recorded by their celebrity.”
Last year’s campaign, led by Ed Asner whose son Matt is executive director of Southern California for Autism Speaks, raised more than $100,000, and included Star Trek‘s Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart, and William Shatner.
Last year, I got together with Matt and we discussed what my friends and I could do to support the important work of Autism Speaks,” said Asner. “We decided that bringing together a group of celebrities with great voices to do a kind of ‘voiceathon’ would be a fun way to raise awareness and funds for the autism community. The campaign was such an overwhelming success and received so much positive feedback we had to do it again.”
To order your message, head to the link located here.
Sample recordings can be heard here (scroll down past the picture).