Seth Rogen’s Hilarity For Charity is an incredible, one-of-a-kind comedy initiative to raise much needed funds and educate the millennial generation about the severity of Alzheimer’s disease. Together with his wife, Lauren Miller, Hilarity For Charity has enjoyed numerous successful fundraising events with the aim of bringing people together for an evening of hilarity to forget for a short time the destructive nature of this disease for all involved. Since the first Hilarity For Charity event in 2012, Rogen’s charitable efforts have raised almost $ 1 million for Alzheimer’s charities to be able to help families who are struggling with caring for their loved ones. A browse through the Hilarity For Charity’s personal stories page is enough for anybody who is lucky enough to have never have been affected by this hideous disease to shed a tear and dig deep for this amazingly worthwhile cause.
The passion and dedication that Rogen and Miller put into the HFC events stems from personal experience, they know all too well how Alzheimer’s affects not just the sufferer, but their families and loved ones too. The passion and dedication that the duo put into the HFC movement is indicative of just how much this means to both of them. This is a cause very close to both of their hearts and together they hope to change the world’s perception of the disease, and work together to raise money for Alzheimer’s charities and research companies who strive to find a desperately needed cure.
The first Hilarity for Charity event held in January 2012 treated the audience to an amazing show hosted by Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, David Krumholtz, and Ty Burrell. Bruno Mars, Tenacious D and Judd Apatow were among some of the incredible performances that helped to make the event a huge success. The yearly variety shows aim to diffuse the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s for just a few hours, long enough to come together and talk about this difficult to approach subject. Relieving some of the pressure for affected individuals through comedy and laughter, makes it easier to talk about and widens the topic up to a broader audience – a younger audience that are likely to be directly affected by the disease one day in the future.
One very important fact that Rogen and Miller impress on their audiences is that Alzheimer’s is not just “an old person’s disease.” One in 10 people diagnosed with the devastating illness is younger than 65. There is no cure, no way to slow it down or reverse the effect. Alzheimer’s is the only disease that is 100% terminal. It’s a thief and it needs to be stopped. The rate at which Alzheimer’s is growing is alarming to say the least. To date, more than 5 million Americans are living with the debilitating disease. and by 2050 it is estimated that as many as 16 million Americans will develop the disease. This is terrifying. These hard to swallow statistics form part of the backbone behind Hilarity For Charity’s driving force. This year’s event is to be hosted at The Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles on Oct 17, 2014 and is sure to be bigger, better and funnier than ever before. Alzheimer’s really isn’t amusing in the slightest, but Hilarity For Charity makes it a little easier to deal with – if only for one night.