Editor's note: This corrects the caption of the photo with ACT Today Executive Director Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson, "Young and Restless" actress Kate Linder and author Mara Brown.
NEWPORT COAST — Mother's Day was celebrated a little early Monday with the third annual ACT Today!'s Mother's Day fundraiser at the Resort at Pelican Hill.
ACT Today! is a nonprofit that provides resources to families affected by autism.
Around 200 people gathered at the seaside resort to bid on auction items, listen to speakers and hear country singer Stephanie Quayle in an effort to raise money for autism while celebrating women.
Katherine Schwarzenegger, daughter of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, gave the keynote speech. She spoke about her book "Rock What You're Got," which seeks to empower young women to find their beauty inside and out.
"ACT Today! is such an amazing organization and has such an amazing cause: helping people with autism," she told the Daily Pilot. "My family obviously does a lot with people with intellectual disabilities and I grew up helping people who are autistic. This is something that is near and dear to my heart, and takes two causes that I love so much and puts them together."