Glenn Close’s nonprofit Bring Change to Mind puts the finishing touches on its 11th annual Revels & Revelations fundraiser and selects Ryan Reynolds to receive the evening’s top honor.
The veteran actor, producer and entrepreneur will receive the Robin Williams Legacy of Laughter Award, an honor presented by the late legend’s children, Zak, Zelda and Cody. Upon receipt, Reynolds will follow in the footsteps of previous recipients Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Stiller, Melissa McCarthy and Dan and Eugene Levy.
Held at the City Winery in New York on October 9 Revels & Revelations program will also feature performances by Reba McEntire and comedian Amy Schumer. The program also includes musicians Jake Wesley Rogers, Jayli Wolf and BC2M ambassador Wayne Brady. Paul Shaffer has been appointed as musical director and Erich Bergen will return to organize the festivities.
Scott Nevins will lead a live auction featuring items and experiences such as a garden tour and lunch prepared by Food Network star Ina Garten at her East Hampton home and a signed guitar from superstar Taylor Swift. Funds raised from the event will support the growth of BC2M’s high school program.
BC2M is a national organization that operates with a mission “to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness” by working with leading scientists to make a difference in the lives of teens and adults. The cause is personal for Close, as her sister Jessie has bipolar disorder and her cousin Calen has schizoaffective disorder.
“I look forward to a spectacular evening and am grateful for the generosity of my fellow artists who will come together to celebrate Ryan Reynolds and inspire what I hope will be a record-breaking evening to sustain vital Bring Change to Mind Clubs and create. this country,” Close said.