Celebrate the life of Ed Asner with a star-studded production of ''It's a Wonderful Life''
Sponsored by MeTV, this live virtual event will benefit the Ed Asner Family Center.
This year, we lost beloved stage and screen icon Ed Asner. While many remember him as the grump-with-a-heart-of-gold boss Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the spin-off Lou Grant, a number of people hold him close to their hearts as Santa Claus in Elf.
So it's fitting that this celebration of Asner's life is the very festive holiday classic, It's a Wonderful Life. The virtual table read, which will benefit the Ed Asner Family Center, stars Ted Lasso star Jason Sudeikis as the dreamer George Bailey with his real-life uncle George Wendt as Uncle Billy.
Appearing alongside Sudeikis and Wendt are Hollywood stars such as Rosario Dawson, Mark Hamill, Mandy Patinkin, Martin Sheen, Lou Diamond Phillips, Phil Lamarr, Ben Mankiewicz, Ron Funches, Ed Harris, and more. The virtual gala will be hosted by Tom Bergeron.
The virtual live table read, sponsored by MeTV, will take place on Sunday, December 5 at 5 p.m. PST. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at http://teafc.org/wonderful.
Proceeds will benefit the Ed Asner Family Center, which promotes mental health and enrichment programs to children with special needs and their families.
“My father’s passing has left an indescribable hole in my heart. For our annual fundraising gala this year, I want to honor my father’s legacy as both a legendary actor and a staunch advocate for people of all abilities," says Matt Asner, son of Ed Asner & Co-Founder of The Ed Asner Family Center.
"I would like to thank Turner Classic Movies for partnering to support our effort to raise much needed funds for special needs families and I am eternally grateful for the support shown by our amazing cast. I would also like to thank MeTV for their generous sponsorship of this event,” says Asner.