A long-time supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF), and celebrated comedian, Lewis Black recently managed to gather together some of his celebrity and A-list friends to hold a variety show-style fundraiser for the CFF, which raised $1 million dollars to fund research ventures for cystic fibrosis (CF).
Lewis Black Presents Big Stars, Big Cure: An Unforgettable Night of Comedy and Music to Fight Cystic Fibrosis, took place on May 5th in the Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.
Lewis Black’s guest list included 400 friends, all of whom performed during the weekend fundraiser. Aside from the variety show, Black’s VIP guests were treated to an exclusive brunch prior to viewing one of two available Broadway shows.
Before the fundraising portion of the event, guests got together for cocktails at the Jazz in the Lincoln Center Theater. The host, Lewis Black, along with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, such as Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Kathleen Madigan, Chris Bliss and Jon Stewart, rendered their own stand-up comedy bits. There were also video appearances by other public figures like Meryl Streep, Joel Grifasi, Larry David, Robin Williams, Steven Colbert, and Will Ferrell.
The show ended with a touching musical number by Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn that gave tribute to the bravery and resilience of those living with CF and their loved ones, and the CFF’s steadfast commitment to fighting the disease.
An elegant, exclusive dinner at the Mandarin followed the main event, and the post-dinner festivities went on until 1 a.m.
Black is a multi-talented entertainer and has had many accomplishments as an author and playwright. He has appeared numerous times in movies and on television, and currently hosts a staple segment on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Last month, BioNews Texas reported on a another fundraiser for cystic fibrosis, with FiltersFast.com using the company’s internet sales and donations to raise money for the CFF.