Actor and Activist John Savage (The Deer Hunter) was honored this week for his humanitarian work with a Golden Goody Award, aka known as the “Oscar for social good”. Savage was presented with the award at the SPAN Relief event held in order to help those impacted by the Philippines typhoon.
At the fund-raiser, hosted by “The Young and the Restless” actress Cassandra Hepburn, Savage spoke how after traveling the world for 181 films, he became even more aware of the significance of the diversity around us.
“I’ve been lucky just to work with people in all different parts of the world, and all over America. A lot of times we don’t know who our neighbors are; and in this country, we’ve got people who’ve come from all different countries and different cultures, and we just take it for granted that everyone’s the same,… and that’s not the way it works,” said Savage at the Malibu West Beach Club, where the event was held.
Goody Awards Founder Liz H Kelly presented the Golden Goody Award to Savage at the event by sharing, “John is an active humanitarian who you can find on every green carpet. In 2013 alone, we’ve seen him raising awareness for the environment and the oceans at Global Green, the “On Begley Street” Premiere, the Safety Harbor Kids Fundraiser, and as the narrator for the film “The Carrier” that premiered on Veterans Day. On top of all his charity work, John has 10 films in post-production and just played the judge in the ION Holiday Movie “Defending Santa’."
Savage accepted the Golden Goody Award with a heartfelt speech about how everyone in the world is connected; emphasizing the importance of Americans helping other nations. “Our future in this country depends on the future of the rest of the world. Our relationship with the rest of the world is brand new all of the time; it’s got to be encouraged.”
Savage spoke with pride when speaking about US aid for other countries and the USS Carl Vincent in “The Carrier”. “We’ve got such a great participation in the rest of the world that we don’t really hear about whether it’s through our military going to the aid of people in stress where food and what is important and medical aid.”
When it came to explaining the importance of donations, Savage added, “What seems like a small amount, you multiply that by several hundred million people in America, and that’s felt all over the world. “
Event speakers were also given Hero Goody Necklaces from the Goody Awards that represents global citizens making a difference. The Master of Ceremonies was Academy Award winner actor Louis Gossett Jr. (“An Officer and a Gentleman") and speakers included actor John Savage (“The Deer Hunter”), actress Cassandra Gava (“Conan The Barbarian”), and actor Patrick Kilpatrick (“Minority Report”.)
Over $30,000 was raised from the fund-raiser.
Donations are still being accepted. For more information, visit SPAN RELIEF (Strategic Partners Among Nations) http://www.spanrelief.org and Fusion Global & Ascend Malibu Fellowship http://www.fusionglobal.org/. You can also text 41444 to donate any amount with the word SPAN in your message.
During this event Kelly interviewed John about his 181 films, the Philippines typhoon, and his humanitarian work at the Malibu West Beach Club, which you can see in this VIDEO: John Savage (Deer Hunter) talks Films and Typhoon Support. http://youtu.be/mwbzNY8Rtzk
And to honor your hero, the Goody Awards makes it easy to tweet them with their @handle and #HeroGoody or send them a Hero Goody Necklace http://goodyawards.com/taggood.