Some of you may not know that Epicurus.com’s Editor-in-Chief, Laurie Burrows Grad is a dedicated philanthropist and deeply involved with the Alzheimer’s Association. Each year she co-chairs a major event that is important for the cause.
“A Night at Sardi’s” is an annual celebrity musical revue and awards dinner to benefit the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Founded by Laurie Burrows Grad and her husband, Peter Grad in honor of her father, the late playwright/director Abe Burrows (â€œGuys and Dollsâ€), who suffered from Alzheimerâ€™s disease, â€œA Night at Sardiâ€™sâ€ has earned the reputation as one of Los Angelesâ€™s most significant social events. More than 800 prominent entertainment industry leaders and celebrities gather to recognize advances in the fight against Alzheimer’s â€” and rally around the growing movement to end the disease. To date, “A Night at Sardi’s” has raised more than $27 million to address this rapidly growing health crisis.
Laurie’s father, Abe Burrows, was one of the great playwright/directors, having been involved with “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying”, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and of course, “Guys and Dolls”. Her brother, James, is a famed television producer/director with such noteworthy shows as the “Mary Tyler Moore Show”, “Rhoda”, “The Bob Newhart Show”, “Taxi”, “Cheers”, “Wings”, “Frasier”, “Big Bang Theory” and the majority of the most popular television programming since the 1970’s. The Burrows family has been entertaining the world for more than 70 years.
The 23rd annual “A Night at Sardi’s” was held on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. The event, which this year alone raised over $1.2 million, honored the Sony Pictures Classics Film “Still Alice” with the Abe Burrows Entertainment Award and Joey McIntyre with the Caregiver of the Year Award and saw performances and appearances by Jason Alexander, the cast of The Big Bang Theory, Josh Gad, Grace Potter, Scott Porter and Lea Thompson to name a few.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the worldâ€™s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimerâ€™s care and support and the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimerâ€™s research. Proceeds from â€œA Night at Sardiâ€™sâ€ directly support these efforts.