SAG Foundation Presenters & Performers at 30th Anniversary Celebration


LOS ANGELES (October 29, 2015) -- The Screen Actors Guild Foundation announced today the actors, filmmakers, and musicians who will present and perform at the nonprofit’s 30th Anniversary Celebration.  Joining SAG Foundation President JoBeth Williams and First Vice President Pamela Reed, this year’s presenters include James CordenDiane KrugerMark RuffaloGabourey SidibeJussie Smollett, Darby Stanchfield, and Patrick Stewart. This year’s performers include Darren CrissEstelleCheyenne JacksonLedisi,Shelby LynneAbigail Spencer, and Bellamy Young. The evening of musical performances, which honors industry leaders who are champions of the arts, takes place Thursday, November 5th at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. Ticket sales benefit the SAG Foundation.


“As the SAG Foundation commemorates 30 years of giving back to SAG-AFTRA members, the entertainment industry, as well as an international audience of children, parents, and teachers; we are grateful to this year’s presenters and performers for graciously giving us their talents while we celebrate our milestone anniversary,” said Williams.


Actor Leonardo DiCaprio will receive the Foundation’s “Actors Inspiration Award,” highlighting his career achievements as a five-time Oscar®-nominee and eight-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee, and recognizing his philanthropic work as Chairman of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF). The inaugural “Patron of the Artists Awards” are tributes to three industry leaders who are champions of the arts known for nurturing creative talent both in front of and behind the camera: award-winning director/producer/writer Lee Daniels, award-winning producer Megan Ellison, and award-winning director/producer Rob Marshall.


This year’s sponsors include Vanity Fair, New Regency, Rise Up Foundation, SAG-AFTRA, Skydance Media, United Airlines, CAA, Walt Disney Studios, Integrated Wealth Management, Champagne Taittinger, TNT, and Variety. 


In 2015, the Screen Actors Guild Foundation celebrates 30 years of giving back to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA, their families and communities. The nonprofit provides vital assistance and educational programming to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA while serving the public at large through its signature children’s literacy programs. For 30 years, the Foundation has granted more than $17 million in financial and medical assistance through its Catastrophic Health Fund and Emergency Assistance Programs, and $6.5 million in scholarships to SAG-AFTRA members and their dependents. In addition, the nonprofit has offered 5000 free educational workshops, panels and screenings to union performers nationwide and its children’s literacy programs have brought the love of reading to more than 66 million children worldwide.