Charleston, SC – Charleston may not be known for hosting red carpet movie premieres but Sunday night it sure looked and felt like Hollywood. More than 400 fans had tickets to the sold-out world premiere at the Terrace Hippodrome Theater hundreds of others showed up to scream and meet the star, Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, but there was much more to this show than just glitz and glam. 

Every penny raised at Sunday night’s big Dear John premiere benefitted Carolina Autism. The event raised more than $100,000 dollars. The organization works with more than 100 autistic adults and children including 7-year-old Braeden Reed of Daniel Island who landed a role in the film. 

”Two-hundred fifty on average is how much it costs to serve a kid in our home program for a week,” said Phil Blevins, Executive Director of Carolina Autism.

“Everyone who bought a ticket basically provided a child with autism a week’s therapy,” he added.


The film debuts nationwide on Feb. 5. For more information on Carolina Autism click here: