St. Louis chefs gather to help fund autism research

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - St. Louis is surging to the forefront in the fight against autism.

Wednesday night in downtown St. Louis the 5th annual Autism Speaks Chef's Gala is being held at the Four Season hotel.  The news here tonight is pioneering research being done in St. Louis pointing the way to effective treatments and ultimately a cure.

Also this event itself is news; they're expecting to raise about $350,000.  More than two dozen of St. Louis's top restaurants are serving food here tonight from Crown Candy to Cielo, Flemings, Sidney Street Cafe, and Old Warson Country Club.

The money fuels the research and programs like Project Life-Saver in the High Ridge Fire Protection District; which allows authorities to quickly find people on the autism spectrum who may wander and end up missing.

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