Big Names in Comedy Come Together for Scleroderma

Actelion Pharmaceuticals recently presented Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

Headlined by special musical guest The Goo Goo Dolls as well as comedians Bob Saget, Bill Bellamy, and George Lopez, the benefit for the Scleroderma Research Foundation also featured a multi-course dinner provided by Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken of Bravo TV’s Top Chef.

Sagat, who lost a sibling to the disease, praised the SRF for using the funds raised at these comedy and cuisine benefits to directly impact the lives of people living with the disease. There is no prevention plan or cure for scleroderma.

Kristen Baker Bellamy, George Lopez, Bob Saget, Bill Bellamy, Susan Feniger
Kristen Baker Bellamy, George Lopez, Bob Saget, Bill Bellamy, Susan Feniger

These events have been held not only in San Francisco but Las Vegas, New York, and Los Angeles and have significantly raised awareness around scleroderma and the SRF. The benefit included a cocktail reception, dinner, stand-up, and special musical performance not to mention various auctions. Tickets start at $250 and run up to $25,000 for a table of ten.

Nancy Bechtle, Susan Feniger
Nancy Bechtle, Susan Feniger

The Scleroderma Research Foundation, founded in 1987 by patient Sharon Monsky, was formed with the intention of using collaborative medical research to find a cure. The SRF now has access to scientists worldwide, all working on the goal of stopping, slowing, or reversing the disease’s process.

George Lopez, Bob Saget, Ronn Owens
George Lopez, Bob Saget, Ronn Owens
George Lopez
George Lopez

Bob Saget, George Lopez
Bob Saget, George Lopez

John Rzeznik, Craig Macintyre, Bob Saget, George Lopez, Bill Bellamy, Rob Takac
John Rzeznik, Craig Macintyre, Bob Saget, George Lopez, Bill Bellamy, Rob Takac
Craig Macintyre, John Rzeznik, Rob Takac
Craig Macintyre, John Rzeznik, Rob Takac


Craig Macintyre, Rob Takec, George Lopez, Bill Bellamy, John Rzeznik
Craig Macintyre, Rob Takec, George Lopez, Bill Bellamy, John Rzeznik

Craig Macintyre, Rob Takec, George Lopez, Bill Bellamy, John Rzeznik
Bill Bellamy, George Lopez

Allison Saget, Bob Saget, Brad Saget, Madison Stein
Allison Saget, Bob Saget, Brad Saget, Madison Stein

Bill Bellamy, Susan Nyanzi, Bob Saget
Bill Bellamy, Susan Nyanzi, Bob Saget

Bob Saget, Samantha Scher, Susan Feniger, Mark Scher, Mary Sue Milliken
Bob Saget, Samantha Scher, Susan Feniger, Mark Scher, Mary Sue Milliken

Bob Saget, Samantha Scher, Mark Scher
Bob Saget, Samantha Scher, Mark Scher

Bob Saget
Bob Saget

Adam Saget, Bob Saget
Adam Saget, Bob Saget

Bob Saget, Susan Feniger
Bob Saget, Susan Feniger

Melissa Lanz, Trent Lanz
Melissa Lanz, Trent Lanz

Luke Evnin, Bob Saget, Eric Kau
Luke Evnin, Bob Saget, Eric Kau

Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger
Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger

Bob Saget
Bob Saget

Susan Feniger, Bill Bellamy, Luke Evnin
Susan Feniger, Bill Bellamy, Luke Evnin

Susan Feniger
Susan Feniger

Kristen Baker Bellamy
Kristen Baker Bellamy

Bill Bellamy, Kristen Baker Bellamy
Bill Bellamy, Kristen Baker Bellamy

Bill Bellamy
Bill Bellamy

Marya Wintroub, Nancy Bechtle
Marya Wintroub, Nancy Bechtle

Nancy Bechtle, Bob Saget
Nancy Bechtle, Bob Saget

Alexandra Evnin, Bob Saget, Deann Wright, Tony Evnin
Alexandra Evnin, Bob Saget, Deann Wright, Tony Evnin

Luke Evnin, Bob Saget, Eric Kau
Luke Evnin, Bob Saget, Eric Kau

Luke Evnin, Bob Saget
Luke Evnin, Bob Saget

Bob Saget
Bob Saget

Luke Evnin
Luke Evnin

Photos by: Drew Altizer