Event Honored Dan & Eugene Levy With the Robin Williams Legacy of Laughter Award; & Chase Stokes With the Champion of Change Award
Evening Featured Tribute Performances to Celebrate the Music of Diane Warren With Very Special Guest, Music Legend Michael Bolton and a Performance From Broadway’s “Dear Evan Hansen” Music Directed by Paul Shaffer
NEW YORK, Dec. 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Glenn Close and the Bring Change to Mind (BC2M) Board of Directors hosted “Revels & Revelations 9,” a special celebration, which raised $1 million in support of teen mental health on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at City Winery in New York City. The live, in-person event, sponsored by Citi, raised funds for BC2M’s National High School Programs and PSA Campaigns fighting the stigma surrounding mental illness.
BC2M honored Emmy Award-winners Dan & Eugene Levy with the Fifth Annual Robin Williams Legacy of Laughter Award. The Award was presented by Zak Williams and Zelda Williams, and recognizes and thanks entertainers who spread laughter and awareness thru acts of kindness, charity and revelatory honesty that makes people feel heard, seen and less alone, and through many ways, make the world a brighter, more open and caring place.
Glenn Close presented actor, mental health advocate and Bring Change to Mind Ambassador, Chase Stokes with the Champion of Change Award for his remarkable advocacy and support of BC2M high school students. His authentic voice, actions, and recent partnership with American Eagle generated the largest donation in the organization’s eleven years of work to normalize conversations around mental health.
Emcee’ed by Erich Bergen, the evening’s entertainment included an exciting line-up of singers celebrating the music of Grammy- and Emmy Award-winning and 12-time Academy Award nominee, songwriter Diane Warren, who presented her hits and the stories behind them. Performers included Tony Award-winner Lena Hall who performed “If I Could Turn Back Time,” Solea Pfeiffer who performed “I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing” Ally Brooke Hernandez, who performed “Break”, and a very special performance of “How Can We Be Lovers” from music legend, Grammy Award-winning and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Michael Bolton. The evening also featured a performance of “Waving Through a Window” by “Dear Evan Hansen’s” Zachary Noah Piser. Paul Shaffer served as Music Director for the event. To close the evening, Glenn Close joined Diane Warren on stage for an unforgettable performance of “Somehow You Do,” from their film, “Four Good Days.”
The celebration was produced by Chuck Thomas & Erich Bergen and directed by Erich Bergen. Scott Nevins will serve as auctioneer. To further amplify the event’s reach, Notified, an Intrado Company – the world’s only communications cloud for events, public relations, and investor relations – is donated BC2M webcasting and public relations services.
Media Storm, a Merkle company, provides media services for brand and demand planning as well as sponsorship services for Bring Change to Mind campaigns and events. Media Storm, a Merkle company, has partnered with BC2M for over a decade, and is a leading data-driven marketing agency.
Glenn Close is amazed to have survived as an actor for forty-seven years. She is also amazed and infinitely inspired by her sister, Jessie, and her nephew, Calen, who have had the courage and grace, over the past eleven years to speak openly and publicly about their mental health challenges. They have become pillars of strength in their family and their community. She is thrilled and grateful that Dan and Eugene Levy and Chase Stokes are accepting the awards that they so richly deserve. All three are gifted storytellers and respected influencers and Bring Change to Mind thanks them for gracing us with their presence. Onward!
BC2M is a national organization dedicated to ending the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. Co-founded by Glenn Close in 2010, BC2M creates multimedia campaigns, storytelling movements and youth-focused programs to encourage and foster a diverse cultural conversation and around mental health.
About Bring Change to Mind
Bring Change to Mind (BC2M) is a national organization dedicated to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. Co-founded by Glenn Close in 2010, BC2M creates multimedia campaigns, storytelling movements and youth-focused programs to encourage and foster a diverse cultural conversation around mental health. Science and evidence-based action is essential to achieving our mission. Therefore, we ground our work in the latest research, which we evaluate for effectiveness then share with confidence.
BC2M activates and empowers you to join our fight to end stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. United, we will create and advance innovative approaches and partnerships to start conversations around mental illness, share resources, and tell stories so everyone can thrive in a stigma free world.
BC2M’s High School Program gives teens a platform to share their voices and raise awareness around mental health. Our goal is to empower students to educate one another, and their communities, and to create a culture of peer support within their schools. BC2M’s network of High School Clubs spanning 25 states and 400 schools mobilizes the voices of 12,000 students to utilize collective power in service of moving the needle in ending stigma surrounding mental illness.
For more information about BRING CHANGE TO MIND, visit our website at bringchange2mind.org.