HFC takes a new approach to fighting a terrible disease. For four years, our successful Los Angeles Variety Show has entertained young, hip professionals through evenings filled with music and comedy while creating the next generation of Alzheimer’s advocates – not to mention serving up some delicious food and raising over $4.2 million! Performances and appearances by Paul Rudd, Bruno Mars, Tenacious D, Patton Oswalt, Aziz Ansari, Judd Apatow, The Backstreet Boys, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Hart, Mindy Kaling and more have helped make the events incredibly successful.
In 2014, HFC expanded by launching HFC U, a nationwide program that encourages and supports college organizations to throw their very own HFC event. To date, HFC U’s more than 230 schools have raised over $200,000 to support Hilarity for Charity! We’re so excited to see what kind of moo-lah we can raise in this year’s contest, which kicks off on September 2nd.
Through HFC U and other successful programs and events, such as HFC Presents and events in New York and Montreal, we have established ourselves as a force in the Alzheimer’s and comedy communities.
Seth & Lauren Rogen at Hilarity for Charity NYC 2014
Today more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Another American develops Alzheimer’s disease every 67 seconds.
By 2050, as many as 16 million Americans will have the disease and an American will develop the disease every 33 seconds.
Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
Alzheimer’s is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent, cure, or even slow its progression.
Hilarity for Charity and the Home Instead Senior Care network are working together to award in-home care grants throughout the United States and Canada to those providing care to their loved ones living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias through our Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Relief Grant Program. While there is currently no cure for Alzheimer's, there is care. The goal of our care grant program is to provide exceptional in-home care to families affected by this disease and to give these families support and rest. To date, we have awarded over 24,000 hours of respite care to Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers in need.
To learn more about the program and apply for an in-home care grant click here.
Hilarity for Charity’s goal is to mobilize a new generation of Alzheimer’s advocates while supporting young people who are currently affected by the disease. We provide a variety of support and awareness initiatives, including a Google hangout support group; focusing on the unique needs of people under the age of 40 navigating their way through this disease and "This Is Alzheimer's"; a feature length film documenting what Alzheimer’s looks like for three different families facing the disease.
Each year, Hilarity for Charity earmarks a percentage of revenue to cutting edge research through the Alzheimer’s Association’s International Research Grant Program. We are proud to have directly sponsored grants focused on early-onset and detection of Alzheimer’s disease.
When I'm not busy saving the world, I like to blow off steam with a good game of dodgeball or a Saturday night lightsaber duel. My mind is convinced that ice cream is a food group but my physique does not agree. I have fought a bull, worn eyeliner socially and navigated a jet pack - just not all at the same time…yet. I grew up at Knott's Berry Farm and have an E-ticket from Disneyland that's not electronic. I'm from the West Coast and live on the East Coast but sometimes on the West Coast then back to the East…I'm conflicted.
I lost my Nana to Alzheimer's. I've found some friends who are here to help me kick this disease's ass.
I was born and raised in the mean streets of Vancouver. I got my chest hair in Montreal. My wonderful glow in Australia. And now I work, live, and play in Los Angeles, where I am a writer and philanthropist.
I once told a bully, you mess with my friend, you mess with me! Alzheimer's is pushing around my dear friend's mother and the hell if I'm gonna stand by and do nothing! The disease is losing the race for societies attention. Cancer, AIDS, Africa; as noble as those are, they're the cool kids on the block. Utilizing comedy and star-fucking, we're gonna trick the world into making the fight against Alzheimer's a priority!
I am the one they call Tum. I married an awesome dude, who helped me create an awesome baby. Originally from Toronto, I now call LA home as I start my family and rock my business.
When I met Lauren's mother, my heart broke. No one should have to experience a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's disease. I teamed up with my friends to start Hilarity - to bring the funk and the fight to end this horrible disease! Friends, good. Disease, bad. It's win-win for us and soon, it'll be lose-lose for Alzheimer's!
A few years ago, as a joke about my laziness, I received the "Good Intentions" award at a charity event for the work I would one day do. Well, Alzheimer's sucks, so now I'm doing what I can to end it. I want young people to know that Alzheimer's isn't something to worry about just when you get old... And that we can tell a few jokes along the way to finding a cure.
I'm Lauren Miller and I'm a writer, actor, dog lover, and more. Unfortunately, Alzheimer's has touched my life many times over the years: My grandfather passed away from it when I was 12, my grandmother when I was 18, and my mom was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's when I was 25. She was only 55.
Throughout the years, I started realizing how many young people, didn't understand Alzheimer's. How it ravages the person who has it, and how it can truly test the family who loves them. So, we're trying to build awareness, which will hopefully lead to money, research, and care. And, I'm hoping that with Hilarity For Charity, we can show people how important it is to end Alzheimer's-- and have a little fun along the way.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care and support, and the largest private nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research.
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