What do these celebrities have in common?
They’ve all given their time and talent to “A Night at Sardi’s,” an annual benefit in Beverly Hills that has raised millions of dollars for the Alzheimer’s Association. The fundraiser – celebrities perform musical numbers from famous Broadway shows – is the brainchild of my friend Laurie Burrows Grad.
As beautiful inside as she is outside, Laurie lost her father, Broadway musical scribe Abe Burrows (he wrote “Guys and Dolls,” for example, and won the Pulitzer Prize for “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”), to Alzheimer’s. She works tirelessly to recruit celebrities for her benefit, including Peter Gallagher from “The O.C.”
What does “A Night at Sardi’s” have to do with baseball or me?
Take a look at this year’s invitation.
Right. The show is “Damn Yankees.”
When the invitation arrived in the mail and I saw those familiar pinstripes, I called Laurie and said, “My book about the Yankees is coming out around the same time as your benefit. Is there any way I can help the cause?”
She asked if my publisher would donate copies that could be given away to the performers as gifts, and Rodale said yes!
Today I went down to LA and signed all the books. No, none of them counted as a sale. I didn’t earn any royalties. I won’t even be at the event to meet any of the boldfaced names in their gowns and tuxedoes.
But here’s what I did get: a feeling that in some really small way I might have done a good thing today.
Oh, and I also got this: lunch at Barney’s in Beverly Hills. Laurie paid. A win-win.