Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 22, 2013
Last night, Hollywood’s stars shone a little brighter as the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) descended upon the historic Beverly Hilton Hotel, for the 38th Annual Gracie Awards. 2013 National Gracie Award winners were honored in a star-studded gala hosted by Once Upon a Time’s Lana Parrilla. The Gracie Awards (also known as “the Gracies”) recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women, and about women in all facets of media, including radio, television, cable, and new media. The awards program also encourages the realistic and multifaceted portrayal of women in entertainment, news, features, and other programs.
The black-tie Gala attracted the best and brightest in the industry including: ABC How to Live with your Parents’ Sarah Chalke; Tony Award-Winner from ABC Family’s Bunheads’ Sutton Foster; TNT Rizzoli & Isles’ Angie Harmon; ABC Family Pretty Little Liars’ Lucy Hale and Ian Harding; NPR Correspondent Ina Jaffe; Director and Producer Rory Kennedy; NBC The Office’s Angela Kinsey; NBC Parks and Recreation’s Amy Poehler; ABC News Reporter Martha Raddatz; Style Network’s Giuliana and Bill Rancic; Access Hollywood and BET Network’s Shaun Robinson; ESPN’s Hannah Storm; TNT Dallas’ Brenda Strong; Oscar-Nominee from ReelzChannel Bomb Girls’ Meg Tilly; NBC Go On’s Julie White, Sarah Baker, and Suzy Nakamura; Bloomberg Anchor Jane Williams; ABC Grey’s Anatomy’s Chandra Wilson… and many more.
The audience was dazzled by a powerful musical performance by Oscar and Grammy winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge. Etheridge also took the stage to accept her Gracie Award for Outstanding Talk Show - Entertainment/Information for The Melissa Etheridge Radio Show.
“The Gracies Gala is a wonderful celebration of the inspiring contributions women make to the media industry,” said AWMF Chair Kay Olin. “The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation is thrilled to welcome and honor so many extraordinary women at our signature event.”
AWMF has partnered with Ovation to bring the Gracies to a national audience. Ovation will make the Gracie Awards Gala available to its 22 million subscribers though Ovation Video on Demand. Ovation will also make the Gracies available online.
The Gracies are presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Alliance for Women in Media that supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns, and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media, and allied fields. The Gracie Awards, established in 1975, honors programming and individuals of the highest caliber in all facets of radio, television, cable, and web-based media, including news, drama, comedy, commercials, public service, documentary, and sports.
The event is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: Automotive Sponsor: Ford Motor Company; Hair Care Sponsor: Sexy Hair; Media Sponsor: Ovation; Publication Sponsors: Broadcasting & Cable and Radio Ink; Table Sponsors: A+E Networks/Lifetime, Al Jazeera Media Network, Arbitron, Charlie and Moll Anderson Family Foundation, CNN, Crown Media Family Networks, Disney|ABC Television Group & ESPN, JSW Productions, Katz Media Group, National Association of Broadcasters, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, NBC News, OWN/Harpo, REELZCHANNEL, Style Network and Universal Television. Sponsored tables are available by contacting Gracies Headquarters at 703-506-3290.
For more information about the 2013 Gracies, please visit http://www.thegracies.org. For the most up-to-date, insider information, follow the Gracie Awards on Twitter @thegracies.
About the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM): The Alliance for Women in Media advances the influence and impact of women in all forms of media. AWM is a diverse community – whether type of media, job or global location – that facilitates industry-wide collaboration, education, and innovation. Established in 1961 as American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT), AWM is the longest-established professional association dedicated to advancing women in media and entertainment. AWM harnesses the promise, passion and power of women in all forms of media to empower career development, engage in thought leadership, and drive positive change for our industry and societal progress.
About the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation: The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (formerly known as The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television) supports and promotes educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has created partnerships and joint-initiatives with the National Middle School Association, the Emma Bowen Foundation, the American Red Cross and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation. The Foundation also supports Empowering America®, an initiative which pays tribute to many of America’s most pioneering and inspiring women. Through this program, the Foundation provides Empowering America® educational collateral to needy urban middle schools around the country. The Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards®, a live gala that honors exemplary programming created for, by, and about women.