The SAG-AFTRA Foundation honored actor Rashida Jones with its Actors Inspiration Award, which is given to a SAG-AFTRA artist who gives back to fellow actors and the community at large. The award was presented by SAG-AFTRA Foundation Executive Director, Cyd Wilson, at the non-profit’s 8th Annual Los Angeles Golf Classic. The event brought together over 125 actors and entertainment industry executives in support of performers facing life-threatening illness and severe economic hardship, and proceeds benefit the foundation’s Catastrophic Health Fund and Emergency Assistance programs. Previous recipients of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Actors Inspiration Award are Leonardo DiCaprio, Sofia Vergara, and Kerry Washington who were also recognized for their philanthropic work.
Other attendees of 8th Annual Los Angeles Golf Classic included host Andy Garcia, and celebrity guests and players Tim Allen, Jonathan Banks, Tom Bower, Philip Boyd, Bailey Chase, Joe Cipriano, Tom Dreesen, George Eads, Stephen Ellis, Patrick Fabian, Jason Gedrick, Galen Gering, Carmine Giovinnazo, Joel Gretsch, Gregory Harrison, Robert Hays, Greg Itzin, Chris Jacobs, Vinnie Jones, Richard Karn, Hal Landon, David Leisure, Dawnn Lewis, Joe Mantegna, Jeff Nordling, Michael O’Neill, Joe Pesci, James Remar, Kevin Sorbo, Paula Trickey, Tom Verica, Tom Welling, and Andia Winslow. From the SAG-AFTRA Foundation were Vice President Dave Hutton, and Board Member Ron Perlman.
Since its inception in 1985, the non-profit SAG-AFTRA Foundation has raised more than $18.5 million for its charitable initiatives, including financial and medical emergency assistance to SAG-AFTRA families, educational workshops, facilities, and panels for the acting community, and a children’s literacy programs.
Rashida Jones is an actor, director, producer, screenwriter, musician and activist. Her philanthropy includes work with the International Rescue Committee, traveling around the world as an advocate for the nonprofit which delivers lifesaving care to people fleeing conflict and natural disaster; serving on the board and as a celebrity ambassador for Peace First, a youth organization that encourages the development of the world’s next generation of peacemakers; and supporting Oceana in its mission to protect and restore the world’s oceans. In addition, she lends her voice to several other important charities including Amnesty International, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and The Trevor Project. Ms. Jones is also a supporter of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s online children’s literacy program Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) and will be filming a new video for Storyline Online following the Actors Inspiration Award ceremony. She will join the ranks of actors Viola Davis, Lily Tomlin and Chris Pine. Rashida Jones’ commitment to supporting vulnerable populations around the world, the environment, as well as children’s literacy, embodies the spirit of the Actors Inspiration Award.
Ms. Jones currently stars in the hit TBS series Angie Tribeca where she plays the title role, in addition to working behind the camera as executive producer and a director of some episodes. A multi-hyphenate in the entertainment space, this past year she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for co-writing the first episode of Netflix’s third season of Black Mirror. She is the Executive Producer of Claws on TNT, a nail-salon turned money-laundering-front dramedy, set to premiere this summer. This past April, she released a docu-series on Netflix, Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On, a continued exploration of themes discovered in her Emmy-nominated documentary in 2015, Hot Girls Wanted, this time focusing on society’s relationship with sex and technology. Fans grew to love Ms. Jones from her beloved roles on The Office and Parks and Recreation and through the romantic film that she wrote and starred in, Celeste and Jesse Forever. She will next be seen in the upcoming feature films Zoe alongside Ewan McGregor and Léa Seydoux, and the comedy Tag with Jeremy Renner and Ed Helms.