LOS ANGELES (October 15, 2019) – The SAG-AFTRA Foundation announced today several 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, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cynthia Erivo, Norman Lear, Shirley MacLaine, Wé McDonald, David Oyelowo and Paul Rudd.
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation previously announced that it will honor writer, director and producer Greg Berlanti, and director, producer and writer Ava DuVernay with the two 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 two Artists Inspiration Awards for using their creative and professional successes as performing artists to advance philanthropic and humanitarian causes.
Previous recipients of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Patron of the Artists Awards include Judd Apatow, Kathryn Bigelow, Lee Daniels, Megan Ellison, Spike Lee, Rob Marshall, and Ted Sarandos. Previous SAG-AFTRA Foundation Artists Inspiration Award honorees include Leonardo DiCaprio, Lady Gaga, Harrison Ford, Lionel Richie, and Kate Winslet.
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.
Sponsors for the event include City National Bank, Focus Features, Amazon Studios, Netflix and United Airlines, and media sponsors KCRW, Los Angeles magazine and Variety. For more information about sponsorship 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 at large 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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