LOS ANGELES (October 24, 2019) – The SAG-AFTRA Foundation announced today additional presenters and performers for the 4th Annual Patron of the Artists Awards benefit taking place Thursday, November 7th, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. The evening will include performances and presentations by Awkwafina, Melissa Benoist, Linda Cardellini, Willem Dafoe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cynthia Erivo, Laurence Fishburne, Julia Garner, Norman Lear, Shirley MacLaine, Wé McDonald, Chrissy Metz, David Oyelowo, Paul Rudd and Olivia Wilde.
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation announced that it will honor writer, director, and producer Greg Berlanti and director, producer, and writer Ava DuVernay with the Patron of the Artists Awards for creating significant professional opportunities for performing artists to work and thrive. The Foundation also announced that Jennifer Aniston and Mark Ruffalo will receive the Artists Inspiration Awards for using their creative and professional successes as performing artists to advance philanthropic and humanitarian causes.
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Patron of the Artists Awards is an annual fundraiser that benefits its vital emergency assistance and free educational programs for SAG-AFTRA artists, as well as its Emmy®-nominated children’s literacy program Storyline Online®, featuring actors who read to over 10 million children worldwide every month.
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s 4th Annual Patron of the Artists Awards sponsors include Gold Sponsors: City National Bank, Focus Features, Warner Bros. Silver Sponsors: Amazon Studios, Netflix, and United Airlines. Bronze Sponsors: Aris Consulting, CBS, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, House of Suntory, The Johnny Carson Foundation, Participant, Peroni, SAG-AFTRA, Marlo and Tony Thomas. Media Sponsor: KCRW, Los Angeles magazine, Variety. For more sponsorship information and to purchase tickets, visit patronawards.com.
About the SAG-AFTRA Foundation
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides vital assistance and free educational programming to SAG-AFTRA artists and families while serving the public through its Emmy®-nominated children’s literacy program Storyline Online®. The Foundation relies solely on support from gifts, grants, and sponsorships to maintain its free programs. For more information, visit sagaftra.foundation.com.
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