2014 Bear Awards - NYC | Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

2014 Bear Awards - NYC

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
6:30pm – 9:30pm

Gotham Hall
1356 Broadway at 36th Street
New York City


Griffin Dunne

Nancy Lefkowitz

Kristin Lemkau

Naomi Watts


The Brady Center "Bear Awards" are named for Jim "Bear" Brady, who passed away in August. Jim sustained a gunshot wound to the head during an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. Both the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence are named for him and his wife Sarah. Jim left behind an extraordinary legacy of inspiration and impact matched by few Americans in history.

The Brady Center "Bear Awards" honor the efforts of individuals who have distinguished themselves in their dedication to Jim Brady's vision of a nation without gun violence and who embody the Bear's remarkable spirit, strength and perseverance (to the extent that anyone else can!)




One of Fast Company's 25 Most Creative People in Business in 2010, Smith Ellis also appeared in 2013 on its list of 25 Most Generous Marketing Geniuses. The Brady Center is pleased to be one recipient of her lauded generosity. Prior to becoming  Chief Marketing Officer at Getty Images, Ellis also served in senior executive roles at Omnicom, Morgan Stanley, and CEO of Product (RED). She is a Board member of Friends of the Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and also serves in an advisory capacity at Sandy Hook Promise.




An internationally recognized expert in her field, Dr. Laraque has demonstrated a life-long interest in providing a safer tomorrow for all children. She is a Past President of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) District II Chair. Dr. Laraque is integral to Brady's successful partnership with the AAP on the Asking Saves Kids Campaign, and has championed the message of ASKing for more than a decade. She is the Vice-President of the Maimonides Infants & Children's Hospital, and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.



At the age of 10, Kelley watched her father be shot and killed by a white supremacist who purchased his guns through a private sale after failing to pass a background check at a licensed dealer. Motivated by this encounter and a deep commitment to social justice, Kelley has been a champion of Brady background checks, challenging members of Congress and the gun lobby to rethink their stance on irresponsible gun laws.




The Worthams' son, Chicago Police Officer Thomas "Tommy" Wortham IV, was shot and killed in 2010 with a gun trafficked from Mississippi to the streets of Chicago. In response to this tragedy, they have advocated tirelessly on behalf of the Brady Center to reduce gun violence across the country. Brady's Legal Action Project also represented the Worthams in a successful lawsuit against the dealer that sold the gun used to kill their son.



Event Committee

Justin Bartha, Danny Bennett, Tony Bennett, Leslie Bhutani, Steve Buscemi, Marty & Michele Cohen, Peter Detkin,
Tim Gomes, David & Joan Hill, Juliana Margulies, Samantha Mathis, Mandy Patinkin & Kathryn Grody,
Kevin Quinn, Michael Rapaport, Cynthia Rowley, Kelly & Michael Small, Nancy Wender & Steven Rand


"The bear ran a good race and broke many records, he is now at peace. He knows you guys will finish the last lap for him."

Sarah Brady