Anthony Anderson, Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo, Jenna Elfman, Jenna
Fischer, Jamie Lynn-Sigler and Gary Sinise to Present
Colbie Caillat, Darius Rucker and Lifehouse with Natasha
Bedingfield to Perform
Glenn Close to Be Honored with the AGA Leadership Award at the
Second Annual American Giving Awards Presented by Chase
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Six-time Oscar nominated, Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony Award winning
actress Glenn Close will be honored with the AGA Leadership Award for
her philanthropic endeavors at the second annual American Giving Awards
(AGAs) presented by Chase. Hosted by Joel McHale (NBC’s “Community,”
“The Soup”), the AGAs will air on Saturday, December 8 (8-10 p.m. ET) on
NBC from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, CA.
“We are proud to present Glenn Close with the AGA Leadership Award,”
said Peter L. Scher, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate
Responsibility, JPMorgan Chase. “Glenn’s continuous generosity and her
commitment to raising awareness for mental illness have shown that in
addition to being a remarkable actress, she is also an extraordinary
In 2009, Glenn Close -- with the blessing of her sister Jessie, who
lives with bipolar disorder and her nephew, Calen, who lives with
schizoaffective disorder -- co-founded BringChange2Mind,
a not for profit organization committed to ending the stigma, and
prejudice around mental illness. The Close family had learned that
stigma can be as devastating as the diseases themselves. The evolution
of this movement began when Jessie asked Glenn to use her celebrity to
focus on the stigma. It grew out of Glenn's first-hand observations of
Jessie's and Calen's struggles with their illnesses and their brave
journey to recovery. It was further informed by Close's subsequent
volunteer work at Fountain House, a globally-acclaimed, New York based,
clubhouse model program that provides people with mental illness
critical access to education, employment and community.
BringChange2Mind was created with The Balanced Mind Foundation, Fountain
House, Garen and Shari Staglin of IMHRO (International Mental Health
Research Organization), and has the support of the major mental health
organizations in this country. BringChange2Mind partners with the
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) on a national walk series
called NAMIWalks, which had 40 BringChange2Mind teams across the country
raising awareness about anti-stigma messaging and raising funds for
local mental health services earlier this year.
In October 2009, BringChange2Mind created a national anti-stigma public
service campaign. Its powerful, signature PSA is raising awareness about
mental illness and has, to date, reached nearly one billion media
impressions. The PSA was directed by Ron Howard and John Mayer lent his
song “Say” to the cause. Not only were Glenn, Jessie and Calen in the
PSA, but they were joined by Jessie's daughter, Mattie and Glenn's
daughter, Annie -- demonstrating their belief that mental illness is "a
family affair." BringChange2Mind continues to develop a vital and
effective global grassroots community of people affected by mental
illness, who have the courage to tell their stories without fear or
shame, supported by their families and loved ones. Close and members of
her family are actively involved in the BringChange2Mind challenge of
addressing the prejudice and stigma around mental illness where it can
be found -- in all of us.
During the broadcast produced by dick clark productions and Intersport,
Colbie Caillat will join performers Darius Rucker and Lifehouse with
Natasha Bedingfield by taking the stage to lend their voices to honor
the local heroes from each AGA finalist. Previously announced presenters
include Anthony Anderson (Guys with Kids), Olivia Culpo (Miss USA
2012), Jenna Elfman (1600 Penn), Jenna Fischer (The Office),
Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Guys with Kids) and Gary Sinise (CSI: NY).
The AGAs is a televised celebrity tribute to community heroes, offering
twenty-five charities an opportunity to share in $2 million in Chase
grants so they may continue their work in helping others. Fans of Chase
Community Giving can vote for their favorite charity on Facebook, and
Chase online customers can vote on www.chase.com/chasegiving
during the voting period, which runs from November 27 – December 4. Of
the five top vote-getters from each category, the charity with the most
votes will receive a $1 million grant, the runner-up will be granted
$500,000, a third organization will receive a $250,000 grant and two
will be given $125,000 grants.
For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving
and click the “American Giving Awards” tab. Get updates and join the
conversation on Twitter by following @ChaseGiving and using
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assets of $2.3 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. Chase
serves more than 50 million consumers and small businesses through more
than 5,500 bank branches, 18,000 ATMs, mortgage offices, and online and
mobile banking as well as through relationships with auto dealerships.
More information about Chase is available at www.chase.com.
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