Following the tragic overdose and death of comedy legend Greg Giraldo in 2010, Giraldo’s wife, Marrianne McAlpin-Giraldo and long time friend, Joe Schrank of The Core Company, are launching The Greg Giraldo Fund For Children Living in Families with Addiction, the first national program that will partner with organizations, such as Betty Ford Children’s Program, that support children who face addiction in their own families.
To honor Giraldo and raise money for the three sons he left behind, Schrank and McAlpin-Giraldo will host a reception following a show at New York’s Beacon Hotel with a rare appearance by comedy icon Jerry Seinfeld and others such as Tom Papa, Colin Quinn, Lewis Black, Dave Atell, Jesse Joyce, Judy Gold, Jim Norton, Nick Dipaolo.
“Addiction is a family disease,” explains Schrank who has worked in the field of recovery and sober-living for over two decades. “There are organizations nation wide who help children living with addiction obtain the tools and skills to live adjusted, productive lives. We want to connect those kids with safe, supportive places.”
Schrank, who will serve as the foundation’s chairman of the board, adds that unlike the celebrity and music communities, comedians haven’t established a cause to rally around. “It’s time: there’s so much mental illness in that world.”
ABOUT GIRALDO: Greg Giraldo died of an accidental drug overdose in the summer of 2010. Greg was a brilliant comedian who loved his family but was but his life was ravaged by addiction. He was best known for the Comedy Central Roasts and was a judge on The Last
Comic Standing, but he had been in the comedy circuit for some time. He performed regularly at the Comedy Cellar in Manhattan. Giraldo was a regular panelist on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. Additionally, Giraldo was the star of the short-lived Common Law, and also starred in several pilots, including The Greg Giraldo Show and Gone Hollywood for Comedy Central. In 2008, Giraldo headlined the Indecision ’08 Tour, produced by Comedy Central. In 2009, Midlife Vices was released, his only one-hour special for Comedy Central.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL YOUTH RECOVERY CENTER: The National Youth Recovery Center Foundation is a 501c3 tax exempt organization committed to advocating and promoting programs that support young people in recovery from drug and alcohol addition. To learn more go to: www.nationalyouthrecovery.com