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Lewis Black and Friends Host an Unforgettable Night to Help Power the Search for a Cure

May 16, 2014


Comedian and longtime friend of the CF Foundation Lewis Black brought together some of the biggest names in show business to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Comedian and longtime friend of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Lewis Black, brought together some of the biggest names in the entertainment business for a variety show that benefited the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on May 5.

Lewis Black Presents Big Stars, Big Cure: An Unforgettable Night of Comedy and Music to Fight Cystic Fibrosis, held at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City, raised $1 million to help support the search for a cure.

Black is a multi-faceted and talented performer known for his extraordinary successes as an author, playwright and appearances in movies and television, including his long-running segment on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show.

A Weekend of Entertainment

Among the evening’s guests were 400 longtime friends of the Foundation who purchased weekend-long entertainment packages. In addition to enjoying the variety show, VIP guests joined Black for a special brunch before attending their choice of two hit Broadway shows.

Judy Kuhn

Famed Broadway star Judy Kuhn honored the CF community with her touching song “Breathe Easy.”

For the main event, guests were invited to a pre-show cocktail reception at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Theater. Black and friends, including Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Kathleen Madigan, Chris Bliss and Jon Stewart, then performed stand-up routines that brought the house down. The show also featured special video performances by Meryl Streep, Joel Grifasi, Larry David, Robin Williams, Steven Colbert and Will Ferrell.

Those who shared the stage with Black saluted his longstanding commitment to the Foundation’s mission and to people and families affected by the disease.

The cabaret closed with a heartwarming song by singer and Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn that recognized the courage and strength people with CF and their families show every day. The song also honored the Foundation for it's progress in the fight against CF.


Chris Bliss wowed guests with his extraordinary juggling act, which he performed to Beatles songs.

After the show, VIP guests attended a candlelit dinner at the Mandarin, enjoying breathtaking views of New York City, while mingling with Black, Bliss and Madigan. An after party at the Mandarin where guests danced until 1 a.m. closed out the evening.

“Lewis is not only a valued member of the CF community, he is a very special and cherished friend. We are grateful for his big heart, exemplary leadership and tremendous generosity,” said C. Richard Mattingly, executive vice president and COO of the CF Foundation. “We are honored that he cares so much about people with CF and so strongly supports the search for a cure for this devastating disease.”

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation would like to acknowledge and give heartfelt thanks to the three devoted friends who worked tirelessly for many months to make this show possible: 

  • Willie Reale
  • Neil Mazzella
  • Roy Albanese

The Foundation would also like to thank the Greater New York Chapter, dedicated volunteers and generous donors:
  • Joe O’Donnell, Chair, Milestones Campaign
  • Chad Moore, Member, National Board of Trustees
  • Rob and Donna Shafir
  • Jeff Altman who has been so generous
  • Alan Hartman who has been a special part of this event
  • The Beatty Family
  • Our good friend Tom Grotta
  • Tom Lynch
  • John Mckenna
  • Kate and Bob Niehaus
  • Jeff and Jeannie Rose
  • Nick Stephens and Lisa Kunstadter 
  • Larry and Ritchie Hood
  • John and Amy Weinberg
  • Rex and Jane Huggins
  • John and Alex Vassilaros

And corporate friends:

  • Aptalis
  • Genentech


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The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau.