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20th Sep 2023

Ryan Reynolds to receive the Robin Williams Legacy of Laughter award

A truly deserving recipient.

Ryan Reynolds will be honoured with the Bring Change to Mind’s (BC2M) Robin Williams Legacy of Laughter award at its 11th annual Revels & Revelations fundraiser.

Previous recipients of this award include Whoopi Goldberg, Melissa McCarthy, Dan and Eugene Levy, Billy Crystal, Ben Stiller, and the Smith family.

BC2M is Glenn Close’s non-profit organisations focused and in support of teen and adult mental health and on Wednesday (September 20th), the organisation announced Reynolds as 2023’s honouree and that this years’ fundraiser would be held at the City Winery in New York City on October 9th.

The star-studded event will include entertainment and conversation while bestowing the Robin Williams Legacy of Laughter Award on Reynolds.

The non-profit works to put ‘an end to the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness’ through work with leading scientists to make a difference in the lives of teens and adults.

Close’s sister, Jessie, lives with bipolar disorder, and her nephew, Calen, has schizoaffective disorder, making the cause a personal one for the actress.

Speaking on her Instagram on the event, Close told her followers about the origin of the award:

“A number of years ago, for Bring Change to Mind, Robin William’s kids, Zak, Zelda, and Cody, established the Robin Williams Legacy of Laughter Award. This year they have decided to honour Ryan Reynolds.

So, as you can imagine, we are going to have an amazing evening. Robin’s kids will be there, as will a lot of other wonderful people.”

Every year, the Robin Williams Legacy of Laughter award is given out by the later actor’s children, Zak, Zelda, and Cody, in honour of their father who lost his life to suicide in August of 2014.

It’s amazing to see Robin Williams still being remembered for the laughter he brought to the world after all these years.