Oscar and Emmy-winning producer and chairman of Imagine Entertainment, Brian Grazer, will be honored with the Abe Burrows Entertainment Award at the 21st annual Alzheimer's Association fund-raising gala “A Night of Sardi's” on March 20, 2013.
The star-studded event will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
“We are thrilled to honor Brian Grazer at the Alzheimer’s Association ‘A Night at Sardi’s’ gala with the Abe Burrows Entertainment Award. Brian has personally witnessed the effects of this disease and is committed to help us in our continued fight to rid the world of Alzheimer’s," said event co-chairs Laurie Burrows Grad and Peter Grad. “A Night at Sardi’s is always an amazing evening of entertainment and hope for the individuals, families and caregivers facing the daily challenges of this disease and we are delighted that Brian will be joining us to accept this award.”
Grazer is a four-time Academy Award nominee, and in 2002 won the Best Picture Oscar for A Beautiful Mind, which also earned him the first annual Awareness Award from the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign.
Longtime partners with Ron Howard in Imagine Entertainment, Grazer’s works include Splash, Parenthood, Kindergarten Cop, Backdraft, Apollo 13, The Nutty Professor, Liar Liar, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 8 Mile, Friday Night Lights, The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon, Robin Hood, Tower Heist and J. Edgar. Over the years, his films and TV shows have been nominated for 43 Oscars and 149 Emmys.
The entertainment community unites annually to raise funds to help the Alzheimer's Association provide care, support and research programs. Laurie Burrows Grad and Peter Grad have co-chaired this annual event every year in honor of Laurie’s father, the late Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright and director Abe Burrows.
Currently, there are more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and over 15 million caregivers for people with the disease.
The always-glamorous gala will feature a special appearance by Golden Globe®-winning and Emmy-nominated actor Jason Bateman (Arrested Development, Identity Thief), as well as performances by by some of the best film, television and stage talent have to offer with an ode to The Best of Broadway. Celebrity performers include the cast of “The Big Bang Theory” (Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik) as well as Emmy Rossum, Jason Alexander, Jennifer Coolidge, Christine Ebersole, Zachary Levi, Joey McIntyre, Scott Porter, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Dick Van Dyke and others.
To date, “A Night at Sardi’s” has raised more than $21 million to help with its work.