SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Bob Saget continues to use comedy to shed light on a very heavy subject and make it lighter, by presenting and curating the Scleroderma Research Foundation's (SRF's) signature annual fundraising event,Cool Comedy - Hot Cuisine. This year, audiences from around the world will be able to participate in a re-imagined virtual gathering of comedy greats and music legends, which broadcasts on YouTube on Sunday, October 18th, at 5 p.m. PDT/8 p.m. EDT. To register, visit https://srfcure.org/events/cool-comedy-hot-cuisine/.
Bob Saget, an SRF Board Member who lost his sister to scleroderma, hosts the evening alongside fellow board member and Top Chef Master, Susan Feniger. The star-studded event features appearances by Jason Alexander, Jack Black, Bill Burr, Kelly Clarkson, Jim Gaffigan, Jeff Garlin, Nikki Glaser, Regina Hall, Ken Jeong, Queen Latifah, George Lopez, Howie Mandel, John Mayer, Joel McHale, Pat Monahan, Ray Romano, Jeff Ross, Sarah Silverman, John Stamos, and more to be announced. The show is being executive produced by Bob Saget and Emmy Award winning producer Joel Gallen, with support from Studio71.
After selling out venues in in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas since its inception in 1986, this year's Cool Comedy - Hot Cuisine invites audiences to experience a heartfelt night of laughs and inspiration from the comfort of their own homes. Viewers from around the world can participate in a virtual gathering of comedy greats and music legends, all of whom are generously donating their time and talents to support SRF's innovative research and help raise funds and awareness for this rare and often deadly autoimmune disease.
The need for visibility and research funding remains crucial for patients and their families. As Bob Saget explains, his commitment is very personal; "I fortuitously became involved with the Scleroderma Research Foundation in 1992. Sharon Monsky, the Founder and first CEO just cold called and asked me to be part of an event called "Cool Comedy Hot Cuisine" and said that Robin Williams had done the very first one. I couldn't say "no" to this wonderful woman, who soon became my dear friend. Two years later my sister, Gay, was diagnosed with this disease-- and by the third time I hosted the event in 1994, she had lost her life to scleroderma. It's my life's mission to support those affected and do what I can to help find a cure for this horrible disease. I'm so proud to be on the board of this amazing organization."
But the star-power doesn't end with the show - complementing the virtual experience is an online silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind packages such as the chance to join Bob Saget and Joel McHale for tequila shots in a Zoom room, a virtual cocktails & conversation with Susan Feniger and Superstore star Ben Feldman, a private, personalized workout with legendary distance swimmer, Diana Nyad, plus many more unique bidding opportunities. Register for the auction starting Thursday, October 1, to be one of the first to preview and bid (not contingent on event registration). Bidding opens Monday, October 12, and ends post-event at noon on Monday, October 19. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/SRFAuction.
The 2020 Cool Comedy - Hot Cuisine is presented by Actelion, a Janssen Pharmaceutical Company of Johnson & Johnson. All funds raised benefit the Scleroderma Research Foundation. Advance online registration to watch this unforgettable evening is required. For more information, visit www.srfcure.org.
About Scleroderma and the Scleroderma Research Foundation: Cool Comedy - Hot Cuisine benefits the Scleroderma Research Foundation, the country's first and leading nonprofit investor in medical research into scleroderma.Since its founding in 1987 by patient and advocate Sharon Monsky, the SRF has taken a collaborative approach, bringing together some of the world's top scientists and medical institutions to unravel the mystery of this complex autoimmune disease. Sharon lost her battle to the disease in 2002, but her vision lives on today.
The word scleroderma literally means "hard skin," but the disease is much more, often affecting the internal organs with lethal consequences. Although scleroderma strikes people of all ages and ethnicities, eighty percent of those afflicted with the disease are women. The symptoms and severity of scleroderma vary from one person to another and the course of the disease is often unpredictable. While significant progress has been made in managing the symptoms and some of the most serious complications of scleroderma, currently, there is no way to prevent scleroderma and there is no cure.
The Scleroderma Research Foundation is singularly focused on bringing the best minds in science together to find a cure and depends on charitable gifts from individuals and corporations to achieve that goal. Through the generosity of donors and support from events like Cool Comedy - Hot Cuisine, the SRF has raised over $45 million dollars to fund and facilitate the most promising, highest quality research at top universities such as Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and UCSF, aimed at improved treatments and - one day - a world where no one will suffer from scleroderma.
Scleroderma Research Foundation Joanne Gold, Executive Director 220 Montgomery St, Suite 484 San Francisco, CA 94104 O: 415-834-9444