Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release: April 29, 2016
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON AND OTHER GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION LEADERS TO BE HONORED AT BRADY BEAR AWARDS
Awards will recognize President Bill Clinton, Dede Gardner, and David Bohnett
Co-chaired by Adam McKay and Brad Pitt, gala will celebrate partnership between Brady Center and entertainment community
LOS ANGELES - President Bill Clinton will join gun violence prevention advocates and leaders as the Brady Center recognizes the voices making a difference and putting this issue in the spotlight at the organization's 2016 Los Angeles Brady Bear Awards Gala. Adam McKay and Brad Pitt are co-chairing the gala, and Rich Eisen will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
President Clinton, who signed the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act into law more than 20 years ago, will receive the organization's James Brady Leadership Award.
Dan Gross, President of the Brady Center, said, "We are honored to recognize the leader who believed in Jim's vision of a safer America and championed the legislation to make that dream a reality. It was Clinton's hand that signed the Brady Bill into law - a law that has blocked more than 2.6 million gun sales to prohibited purchasers, keeping deadly weapons out of dangerous hands. Jim and Sarah Brady were literally by President Clinton's side that day, and thousands of Americans are alive today because of their work. In putting the safety of the American people before the interests of the corporate gun lobby, President Clinton proved that, if politicians are willing to forgo what is easy for what is right, then effective, lifesaving gun reform is possible. The responsibility is now on our shoulders to Finish the Job President Clinton and Jim Brady started by expanding Brady background checks to all gun sales. "
The 2016 Bear Awards will also honor co-president of Plan B Entertainment Dede Gardner and philanthropist and technology entrepreneur David Bohnett for their leadership amplifying the voices of the millions of Americans who have had #ENOUGH gun violence. Gardner and Bohnett have used their voices to lift up Brady's work and advocate for victims of violence. The Bohnett Foundation has been a strong supporter of the Brady Center through the years and continues to shine a light on the gun violence prevention issue.
The Brady Center and Hollywood agree: the tipping point for the gun violence prevention movement is here. Under its #ENOUGH campaign, Brady has been engaging celebrities and partners in the entertainment industry to raise awareness about the critical need to stop gun violence in America. Through these partnerships, Brady has been able to lift up the gun violence prevention movement and engage real cultural influencers on this issue like never before.
The Brady Bear Awards, hosted by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, are held in memory of Jim "Bear" Brady to honor those who carry on his legacy in the fight for a safer America.
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WHAT: Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Brady Bear Awards
President Bill Clinton
WHERE: Los Angeles, Calif.
WHEN: May 4th, 6:30pm PT
The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. For more insight on gun violence prevention, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BradyBuzz.
About Us: The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of over 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced the largest national protest of gun violence in U.S. history - The Million Mom March, Mother’s Day 2000.