Hamilton’s Brandon Victor Dixon hosted the fifth annual Paul Rudd All Star Bowling Benefit for The Stuttering Association for the Young (SAY). at Lucky Strike Lanes on West 42nd Street. Theater Pizzazz’ Mark Ryan Anderson was on the scene to capture it all.
Celeb bowlers included: Erich Bergen, Emily Bergl, Alex Brightman, Alexander Chaplin, Maddie Corman, Nadia Dajani, Melissa Errico, Gilbert Gottfried, Jenna Leigh Green, Mariska Hargitay, Jeremy Hays, Peter Hermann, Seth Herzog, Cady Huffman, James Monroe Iglehart, Richard Kind, Alex Lacamoire, Patrick McEnroe, Orfeh, Keira Naughton, Greg Naughton, Michael Oberholtzer, Kelli O’Hara, Steven Pasquale, Nicki Richards, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Frank Wood, & many more, as well as SAY kids.
The Paul Rudd All-Star Bowling Benefit raises crucial funds that help send young people who stutter to Camp SAY. Last year’s event raised more than $165,000, helping children from families–in-need benefit from this life changing camp experience. More than 70 million people stutter, including 5% of all young children, and approximately 1 in every 100 adults. “Young people who stutter often face fear, ridicule and bullying, and may eventually silence themselves to hide their stutter. They may also feel isolated and alone,” noted Taro Alexander, SAY Founder & President. “This Paul Rudd event help kids and teens understand that stuttering shouldn’t hold them back from anything they dream of doing.” Due to Mr. Rudd’s filming schedule, he might not be able to attend, therefore Hamilton’s Brandon Victor Dixon will be guest-hosting this year’s event. Brandon said: “I’m thrilled to have been asked to be this year’s guest host. SAY does such important work and I’ve been a fan for many years. Helping raise funds to send kids to Camp SAY, is such a worthwhile cause.”
The Stuttering Association for the Young (SAY.org) is a non-profit organization that offers innovative programs that address the physical, social and emotional impact of stuttering, including: Camp SAY; Confident Voices after-school & weekend programs; Speech Therapy, and support groups. SAY.org/paulrudd/.