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Charities and Benefits

DHP's favorite causes

David Hyde Pierce has used his celebrity status to help support various charities and benefits. He is very active in public service and his work with various efforts are listed below. If you want to show your appreciation for David (or would like to do a good deed... after all, a good deed is its own reward), donating your time, energy, and/or funds to the organizations below (or any other charitable organization, as a matter of fact) is a marvelous way for you to do so.

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To see photos of DHP at various charity functions, click here.




October 9, 1999 - American Cinematheque paid tribute to actress Jodie Foster at the 14th annual Moving Picture Ball fundraiser, "Hollywood Salutes Jodie Foster: An American Cinematheque Tribute." The annual honor goes to "an extraordinary artist in the entertainment industry who is fully engaged in his or her work and is committed to making a significant contribution to the art of film and video." Previous recipients include Eddie Murphy, Bette Midler, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Tom Cruise and John Travolta. The event took place at the Beverly Hilton with celebrity presenters that included Robert De Niro, Jonathan Demme, Lisa Kudrow, Adam Hann-Byrd, Laura Dern, James Garner, Stockard Channing, James Woods, and Gillian Anderson, who introduced clips from Foster's career. The award presentation was made by Foster's ``Silence of the Lambs'' co-star Anthony Hopkins. DHP, who appeared in Foster's directorial debut, "Little Man Tate," was the host of the fund-raiser, which raised nearly $500,000 for the nonprofit film exhibition group and which will be televised at 8 p.m. Sunday October 17 on TNT. DHP's comments about Jodie Foster: "She's been directing since the womb. The doctor looked at Jodie, and she said, 'Cut!' "

October 2, 1999 - DHP was once again the honorary co-chair of the annual Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk. He along with Shelley Fabare and thousands of others participated in the Lost Angeles Memory Walk at the LA Zoo. To see photos from the Memory Walk, click here.

September 26, 1999 - An online benefit auction that started September 17 and ended September 26 offered up an array of celebrity "experiences" including a kickboxing lesson from DHP himself! Produced and managed by TEN97, the company specializing in online benefit auctions and nonprofit promotion, the interactive auction is in conjunction with "A Family Celebration" and will benefit several family-oriented non profits,including Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies at the John Wayne Cancer Institute, the Child Welfare League of America, We Care About Kids and the American Diabetes Association, benefiting the Elizabeth Knight Fund. The benefit auction culminated September 26 with a 50th Anniversary gala for Gladys Knight, where 1,500 celebrities, their families and guests bid live, online against others from around the world. The kickboxing session went for $500.

September 18, 1999 - DHP has donated an autographed "Frasier" script for the silent auction benefiting the Smithsonian Institution at their Tenth Annual Blast-Off Black Tie Gala. Click here for more information.

August 17, 1999 - First filming for season 7 of "Frasier." The entire 200 seats for the filming were donated to amfAR. To see pictures from the event, click here

August 17, 1999 - Miles for Niles by Kathryn Bold. LA Times, Orange County (my hometown :)) Calendar   Once again a debt of gratitude to Michele for sending me this URL.

June 8, 1999 - DHP, along with Reps. Edward Markey (D-Mass) and Christopher Smith (R-N.J.), appeared before Congress to announce a new congressional task force focused on the disease, which is likely to affect more than 14 million baby boomers in the 21st century.

May 30, 1999 - DHP attended a benefit held at the Six Flags Magic Mountain, an amusement part in Valencia, CA. Many celebrities brought their children to the event which raised money for Comic Relief and the Childhood Diabetes Center, Children's Hospital Los Angeles. David brought his 4 year old niece to the event and said that he would be sticking to the Bugs Bunny rides while she, being 4 already, ventures onto the scary rides.

May 10, 1999 - Lighting Up Broadway by Richard Corliss. Time vol.153 no.18

April 26, 1999 - DHP performed at a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He took part in The Play's The Thing, a celebration of the works of Christopher Durang, Terrance McNally, and Wendy Wasserstein at the Broadhurst Theater in NYC. DHP performed scenes from two plays. The first was Christopher Durang's "For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls," which is a take off of "The Glass Menagerie." In it, DHP played Laurence, a teenager who has a glass swizzle stick collection whom Susan Sarandon, playing his mother, desparately wants to get off her hands. To this end, she wants his brother Tom to bring home a female caller so she would get Laurence married off and out of her hair. The second scene which opened the second act was Terence McNally's "It's Only A Play." In it, DHP played the playwright making his Broadway debut, awaiting the reviews of the show which turns out to be lousy. Others who joined him for this scene included Nathan Lane, Paul Rudd, Whoopi Goldberg, Stockard Channing, Steve Martin, and Swoosie Kurtz. This event raised over $250,000 for BC/EFA.

April 19, 1999 - DHP joined fellow cast members, Nathan Lane and Bette Midler, of the upcoming film Isn't She Great, at Rude Entertainment, the Drama Department benefit honoring writer Paul Rudnick (In & Out, Jeffrey, Isn't She Great). It was held at the Laura Pels Theater at the Roundabout Company in Manhattan. The three co-chaired the event and was presented along with the Drama Department member actors performing bits of Paul Rudnick's work.

April 4, 1999 - DHP sent a "Thank You" card to the DHP mailing list for making donations in his honor to the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS for his 40th Birthday.

April 3, 1999 - David Hyde Pierce's 40th birthday!!! As a show of appreciation in honor of a most deserving actor, Lana organized a collection of birthday cards and donations in his honor to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, a wonderful organization that supports AIDS-related causes. I'd like to thank Lana for her tireless efforts. We really appreciate it. To check out the gift that was sent to him as a result of the donation, scroll down to Instant Party

March 10, 1999 - According to the LA Times, David Hyde Pierce was honored at the Los Angeles Alzheimer's Association's annual "Night at Sardi's" fundraiser at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel. DHP received the first ever Elsa Rose Fabares Award from Shelley Fabares, for whose late mother the award was named. John Mahoney introduced clips from his career and Pat Sajak hosted the evening which featured an all-star cast, including Jane Leeves, performing numbers from Cole Porter's "Anything Goes". More than $600,000 was raised and about 600 people attended the event.

February 15, 1999 - Guest on The Rosie O'Donnell Show. DHP gave Rosie an autographed set of "A Bug's Life" action figures to auction off at eBay (DHP: "...which is like a Pig Latin organization?... you'll get 5, maybe 6 dollars for that"). It brought in $545. In addition, he autographed Rosie's Feb '99 Kiss-Off as well as posing for a polaroid to auction off. To view Multimedia and Pictures of his appearance, go to Rosie's Scrapbook. To view the transcript of the interview, click here.

January 23, 1999 - appeared in a benefit reading of the Incorruptible, a dark age farce by Michael Hollinger at Nordhoff High School auditorium along with Larry Hagman, Peter Strauss, and Grant Shaud. He read the part of the one-eyed jester (DHP: "I know, you are sick of those plays" :)) The proceeds will go to the Ojai Playwrights Conference. To read an article on the benefit, click here.

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December 21, 1998 - DHP sent a Thank You card to the DHP mailing list for making donations in his honor to the Alzheimer's Association for Christmas.

December 14, 1998 - DHP attended the 9th Annual Fire & Ice Ball held at the Universal Studios near Hollywood with his sister. The party benefited the Revlon/UCLA Womens' Cancer Research Program.

October 27, 1998 - DHP along with Kelsey Grammer performed at a benefit for the Bonaventure House AIDS residence in Jubilate 1998, an event hosted by fellow cast mate, John Mahoney. Kelsey san while DHP accompanied him on the piano. When asked how he thought his performance went, he replied in his usual self-effacing manner, "I think I better keep my day job."

October 18, 1998 - DHP along with Sharon Stone performed a dramic reading of "A Royal Affaire," written by Terri Wagener at a fundraising gala for the Pasadena Playhouse, California's state theater. The work detailed the lives of Edward VIII, the Duke of Windsor, and Mrs. Wallis Simpson. More than 450 guests attended the event, held at the historic Villa del Sol d'Oro in Sierra Madre and raised about $100,000.

October 3-4, 1998 - Participant in the bi-coastal Alzheimer's Association 1998 Memory Walk.

October 1998 - DHP, along with Kelsey Grammer and Jane Leeves from "Frasier" urged Americans to Vote -- It Counts in a series of PSAs.

September 15, 1998 - DHP along with other celebrities contributed their favorite memorabilia in special "Memory Boxes" for a benefit auction to aid the fight against Alzheimer's disease.

July 4, 1998 - It seems DHP hasn't forgotten his roots. He was a major contributor to the 75th Anniversary Capital Campaign, "For Another 75 Years," of a private summer camp called Camp Kabeyun at Lake Winnipesaukee in Alton Bay, New Hampshire. He along with a small group of other past members received canoe paddles in gratitude for their special help with the campaign which raised over $260,000. DHP was a former attendee of this non-profit camp for boys 7-15 and even returned to as a camp counselor in 1975 and 1976. DHP even gave early samples of his theatrical talent by reading Agatha Christie's ...and Then There Were None as a bedtime story. To see picture of DHP as a camp counselor in 1975, click here. Many thanks to Val for finding and sending me this information.

January 29, 1998 - DHP appeared before a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing to ask for an additional $100 million in funds for the National Institute of Health over the current budget of $340 million to study how to prevent Alzheimer's disease. Currently, more than 4 million Americans now suffer from the dreadful disease (DHP: "Half of us in this room already have a time bomb ticking in our brains, counting down the days until we get Alzheimer's disease... We have to give the scientists the resources to defuse it before it detonates and destroys our minds"). The "Frasier" co-star, who told of watching his own grandfather die from the debilitating disease, is the national honorary chairman for the Alzheimer's Association. He said his grandfather's death from Alzheimer's was devasting, both emotionally and physically, for his mother and aunts as well as himself, "I was trying to think of a way to explain to you how awful that was... when I had the terrible realization that Alzheimer's is becoming so widespead the chances are that you know someone struggling with this disease." For more information, click here.

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November 8, 1997 - DHP was a member of the Honorary Committee for the Benefit for Artgenesis. It was a evening hosted by Richard Belzer to benefit Artsgenesis programs for children in public schools.

September 28, 1997 - DHP was one of 26,000 who participated in the 6.2 mile walk in the 13th Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles benefiting services that help people living with the HIV virus and AIDS. The event raised about $3 million.

September 27, 1997 - DHP along with Kathy Najimy, hosted the benefit performance of "Situation Tragedy... Observations on 10 Years in Hollywood... With Bongos" starring Maxine Lapiduss and written by Maxine (producer of "Ellen") and her sister Sally (consulting producer of "Caroline in the City") at the Globe Playhouse in West Hollywood. The evening benefited The Aviva Center, a Los Angelese based non-profit organization devoted to residential treatment of abused and abandoned teenage girls.

July 28, 1997 - DHP appeared in a Friends of Musical Arts production of Gilbert and Sullivan's mini-operetta Trial by Jury at the Janet KinghornBernard Theatre in his hometown of Saratoga Springs, NY. The show was a benefit for the Saratoga County Arts Council. In this courtroom spoof, DHP played the Learned Judge who settles a dispute between two lovers by marrying the Plaintiff himself.

March 14-16, 1997 - Cole Porter: A Musical Toast. 12th annual Southland Theater Artists Foodwill Event (STAGE) to raise funds for AIDS Service Center and Project Angel held at the Luckman Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. DHP performed "Thank You So Much, Mrs. Lowsborough-Goodby."

March 1997 - DHP did two PSAs to raise awareness about AIDS in the Capital Region and the importance of the work of the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York for its 7th Annual Benefit in Saratoga, NY.

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August 24-25, 1996 - DHP and Ed Begley Jr., joined by 100 other Habitat for Humanity volunteers, wielded hammers in Los Angeles, building homes in the Watts community for two families. It was a Blitz Building event celebrating the organization's 20th anniversary.

April 21, 1996 - DHP was among other celebrity storytellers who participated in "Our Favorite Stories," a benefit for East L.A's Second Street School at Every Picture Tells a Story in West Hollywood.

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November 1995 - DHP was a celebrity chairperson for Caring for Babies with AIDS Stroll-a-thon. He took his Wheaten Terrier, Emma (pictured right), whom he once described as a cross between a sheep and a loaf of bread, as his baby :)

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November 12, 1994 - Celebrity contestant on Jeopardy. He won $13,600 for the Alzheimer's Association and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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