June 9, 2015
Broadwayworld.com | By TV News Desk
The 6th annual fundraiser, presented by Integrated Wealth Management, benefited the SAG Foundation’s Catastrophic Health Fund and Emergency Assistance programs. Since its inception in 1985, the non-profit SAG Foundation has granted more than $17 million for its financial and medical emergency assistance to SAG-AFTRA families.
The event brought together 130 actors and entertainment industry executives in support of performers facing life-threatening illness and severe economic hardship.
Celebrity players included: Event hosts Scott Wolf and Brendan Fehr of NBC’s The Night Shift, President of the SAG Foundation JoBeth Williams, Vice Presidents of the SAG Foundation Pamela Reed and Dave Hutton, Executive Director of the SAG Foundation Cyd Wilson, President/CEO of Integrated Wealth Management James Casey, SAG Foundation Board Members Paul Pape and Ron Perlman, Aimee Garcia (Dexter), Breckin Meyer (Franklin & Bash), Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek),C.S. Lee (Dexter), Chace Crawford (Blood and Oil), Chris Rich (Reba), David Leisure (Days of Our Lives), Debbe Dunning (Home Improvement), Donald Faison (Scrubs), Eric Close (Nashville),Gabriel Aubry (model), Gregory Harrison (Au Pair), Hayes MacArthur (Angie Tribeca), James Remar (Dexter), Jay Ferguson (Mad Men), Joe Pesci (Goodfellas), Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds),Joel Gretsch (NCIS), Joel Murray (Mad Men), Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul), JR Lemon (The Night Shift), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys), Kevin Zegers (Gracepoint), Kurt Fuller (The Good Wife), Merle Dandridge (The Night Shift), Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul), Philip Boyd (The Young and the Restless), Richard Kind (Spin City), Robert Bailey Jr. (The Night Shift),Robert Hays (Airplane!), Sam Page (House of Cards), Scott Bakula (NCIS: New Orleans), Tom Welling (Smallville), and more!
The SAG Foundation also awarded actress Sofia Vergara with its inaugural Actors Inspiration Award in honor of her commitment to giving back and her support of the Foundation and their children’s literacy programs.
The award was presented by SAG Foundation president JoBeth Williams who announced that Vergara will be the first actor to contribute a bilingual story to their Storyline Online program; a program which has so far generated over 65 million views worldwide in 228 countries and territories.
Williams said, “Her contribution to the SAG Foundation will give back to millions of children worldwide. And that is why we are here today, to honor Sofia with the inaugural Actors Inspiration Award to celebrate her gift of giving back.”
Vergara was honored to accept the award, saying, “[It’s] so lovely to be part of an organization that gives back as much as the SAG Foundation does. Currently, 80% of children in the United States that attend at-risk schools read below grade level. Many of these children are bilingual, but it’s not [just] important to be able to speak the two languages, it’s also important to be able to read and write in them.”