November 5, 2015 9:26pm
The SAG Foundation celebrated its 30th anniversary tonight at a gala fundraiser at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
Leonardo DiCaprio, whose own foundation has awarded more than $30 million in grants to environmental and conservation causes worldwide, was on hand to receive the SAG Foundation’s Actors Inspiration Award. Empire’s Lee Daniels, American Hustle producer Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures and Into The Woods director Rob Marshall received Patron of the Artists Award.
Presenters included SAG Foundation President JoBeth Williams and 1st VP Pamela Reed, Mark Ruffalo, David O. Russell, Patrick Stewart, James Corden, Diane Kruger, Gabourey Sidibe, Jussie Smollett, and Darby Stanchfield.
During the past three decades, the SAG Foundation has granted more than $17 million in financial and medical assistance to SAG-AFTRA members and their families. It awards more than $400,000 in scholarships to the union’s members and their dependents every year, and its signature BookPals literacy program reaches 60,000 at-risk children every month.
Performers at the fund-raising event included Estelle, Darren Criss, Diane Kruger, Cheyenne Jackson, Ledisi, Shelby Lynne, Abigail Spencer, Dave Koz, and Bellamy Young.
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A proud moment for all SAG Members!
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