SAG Foundation to Honor Sofia Vergara with Inaugural Actors Inspiration Award at Annual Los Angeles Golf Classic on Monday, June 8th
May 29, 2015
Award Established to Commemorate 30 Years of Actors Giving Back
LOS ANGELES (May 29, 2015) — The Screen Actors Guild Foundation announced Sofia Vergara will receive the inaugural Actors Inspiration Award, to be presented at its 6th Annual Los Angeles Golf Classic on Monday, June 8th. As part of the SAG Foundation’s 30th anniversary celebration, they are launching the honor to recognize Vergara as a SAG-AFTRA member who has given back to fellow actors and the community at large. In addition, the Modern Family star has a long history of supporting nonprofits and children’s organizations, including St. Jude and her foundation in her home country of Colombia.
The SAG Foundation is a national nonprofit that supports union performers with vital assistance and free educational programs and inspires millions of children worldwide through its signature children’s literacy programs. The Foundation’s annual L.A. Golf Classic, where celebrity golfers and entertainment industry executives raise money for the nonprofit’s Catastrophic Health Fund and Emergency Assistance programs, benefit SAG-AFTRA professionals and their families in times of urgent need.
“We are thrilled to present Sofia Vergara with our first Actors Inspiration Award as the SAG Foundation celebrates 30 years of giving back to SAG-AFTRA performers, their families and communities. Sofia’s support for our programs, commitment to children’s literacy and generous charitable giving embody the spirit of this award. We’re looking forward to announcing more exciting news of her contributions to our programming in the coming weeks,” said SAG Foundation President JoBeth Williams.
Vergara said, “It is an honor to be recognized by the SAG Foundation. This group does so much work supporting and educating the entertainment community and also the general public. I know how hard it can be to get work in this town and I’m grateful that the SAG Foundation exists to help those who are struggling.”
Since 1985, the SAG Foundation has granted more than $17 million in financial and medical assistance including $6 million in scholarships to SAG-AFTRA members and their dependents. In addition, the Foundation has offered 4,800 free educational workshops, panels and screenings to union performers nationwide and its children’s literacy programs have brought the love of reading to more than 65 million children worldwide.
The SAG Foundation L.A. Golf Classic is one of the biggest celebrity golf tournaments in the world with more than 125 actors and entertainment industry executives expected to participate in the 2015 event. Scott Wolf (Perception, Party of Five) and Brendan Fehr (Roswell, CSI: Miami), who both currently star in NBC’s The Night Shift, serve as hosts for the annual the fundraiser.
Additional celebrity players include Andy Garcia, Dennis Haysbert, Joe Mantegna, Ron Perlman, Joe Pesci, Michael Peña, Mark Paul Gosselaar, Scott Bakula, Sam Page, Jeffrey Donovan, Gregory Harrison, James Remar, David Leisure, and more. To learn more, visit sagfoundation.org/golf.
About the Screen Actors Guild Foundation
In 2015, the Screen Actors Guild Foundation celebrates 30 years of giving back to SAG-AFTRA members, families and communities. The SAG Foundation provides vital assistance and educational programming to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA while serving the public at large through its signature children’s literacy programs. Founded in 1985, the SAG Foundation is a national non-profit organization, independent from SAG-AFTRA, and relies solely on support from grants, corporate sponsorships, and individual contributions to maintain its programs. For more information, visit sagfoundation.org. Follow SAG Foundation on Twitter (twitter.com/sagfoundation), Facebook (facebook.com/sagfoundation), YouTube (youtube.com/sagfoundation) and Instagram (instagram.com/sagfoundation).